Wrongful Death

Teens to Be Sentenced in Racing Death in Eugene OR

two Eugene teens could face wrongful death suitTwo Springfield Oregon teens will soon face sentencing for killing a bystander while racing their cars down a residential road at more than 100 mph.  One of the teens swerved to avoid a pedestrian and struck the other vehicle.  Full details are below.

Two 17-year-old Springfield boys are to be sentenced Tuesday in the death of a Pleasant Hill man killed as the teens raced their cars along the victim’s street.

David Pena-Gomez pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree manslaughter and other charges. His co-defendant, Jonathan Delgado, pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this month.

The Register-Guard reports that the teens are expected to get more than six years in an Oregon Youth Authority facility.

Police said the boys told investigators that they were driving their cars at about 100 mph June 9 when Gomez swerved to avoid a woman in the road and sideswiped Delgado’s car. The impact of that collision sent the cars spinning out of control.

One careened off the roadway, hitting and killing Roland Vilett, who was standing in a drainage ditch near his driveway.  Albany Democrat Herald

Eugene actually has relatively low traffic fatality statistics.  This is just one instance of a wrongful death case caused by reckless behavior behind the wheel.


Assistance for a Deceased Loved One’s Survivor

When an individual is killed by the negligent or wrongful acts of another person or entity, the survivors of that individual can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or entity that caused the death.

These suits can be anything from holding a school responsible for failing to notice and treat a child’s medical issue while playing sports, which led to the child’s death, to holding a landlord responsible for deaths caused by not having the appropriate exits or fire-alarm system to warn tenants of a fire.

When a loved one is killed, it is traumatizing to those left behind. That person may have been the primary income earner for the family, or may have been the parent who stayed at home to care for children while their spouse worked full-time. Fortunately, when a wrongful death claim is filed, the impact of the loved one on others’ lives is taken into consideration.

While each situation is evaluated based on its circumstances, the following types of compensation are always considered when awarding monetary damages to those bringing the wrongful death suit.

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills for the final illness or injury
  • Loss of potential income that the deceased loved one would have earned
  • Value of household services
  • Loss of anticipated financial support
  • Loss of love, community, affection, moral support, or guidance

The latter three items are based on specific losses that the surviving family members have suffered. For example, a spouse may seek compensation for loss of love or affection. Children may seek compensation for loss of guidance.

If you are considering filing a wrongful death suit against a person or entity, it is important to consult a wrongful death attorney who is familiar with the law surrounding this type of claim. Your attorney should have experience trying these claims to a jury as well as negotiating wrongful death settlements with the person, entity or any insurance companies that are involved.

The wrongful death attorneys at Dwyer Williams Dretke Potter have over 75 years of personal injury experience. This experience coupled with compassion for our clients help us secure the best possible outcome for your case.

For a free initial consultation, we welcome your call at (541) 617-0555.