A 29-year-old Oregon City woman died recently as a result of a two-car Oregon drunk driving accident, according to a report in The Oregonian.
The crash occurred just before 2 am on state route 213 in Oregon City, the newspaper reports, quoting a spokesperson with the Oregon State Police Portland Command. “Police said Jennifer Miller, 29, of Oregon City, drove eastbound on the highway and ran a red light, crashing into a southbound Dodge pickup… Miller was declared dead at the scene, police said,” according to the newspaper. A passenger traveling in her car suffered injuries the paper describes as “serious.”
The pick-up truck’s driver was not injured in the Portland-area car crash, and was reported to be cooperating with police. Though The Oregonian’s report on the crash does not seek to assign blame, it does note that the pickup’s driver “had a green signal at the time of the crash.”
The exact role of alcohol in the accident remains unclear. The newspaper quotes police sources saying that alcohol was “a contributing factor” in the accident, but does not say which of the two drivers had been drinking.
The potential complexities of a case like this are among the best reasons why anyone who becomes the victim of an Oregon drunk driving accident should speak with an Oregon drunk driving accident lawyer as soon as possible after an incident occurs. Oregon dram shop law places some of the burden for drunk driving accidents on irresponsible bars, restaurants and alcohol retailers who sell intoxicants to people – notably drivers – who should not be drinking at all. Sorting out the specifics of the law and how they relate to your particular case is the first step.
The Oregonian: One woman killed in car crash on Oregon 213 in Oregon City