Grandmother, Baby Grandson Killed in Rollover

Posted by Sean DuBois on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Date: September 27, 2009
Location: I-84 near Baker City, Oregon
Names: Juana Lopez-Lopez, Jonathan Mendoza-Lopez, Raul Mendoza-Lopez, Mireya Lopez, Hahir Emmanuel Mendoza-Lopez

A family vacation turned tragic September 27, 2009, when a car containing five family members swerved off the road and rolled down an embankment, killing a 60-year-old grandmother and a 4-month-old infant. Dead in the crash were Juana Lopez-Lopez and her tiny grandson, Jonathan Mendoza-Lopez.

According to Idaho Press-Tribune, the accident took place at about 6:25 AM, near Baker City, Oregon, on Interstate 84. Five members of the Lopez family were returning from a weekend gathering. Raul Mendoza-Lopez, 25, his wife, Mireya Lopez, 23, and the babys brother, Hahir Emmanuel Mendoza-Lopez, 4, all of Nampa, Idaho, were injured in the crash. (more…)

Phantom Vehicle Sought in Fatal Rollover

Posted by Sean DuBois on Monday, October 5, 2009

Date: September 29, 2009
Location: Highway 26 and SW Dover Lane, Madras
Names: Richard Wayne Breese, Ronald Dale Calkins, Carol Calkins, Dottie Breese

(Photo: Oregon State Police)

The Oregon State Police have issued a press release requesting the publics help in finding a “phantom” vehicle that played a role in an accident near Madras. A 74-year-old man died in the crash.


COPS Crew Seriously Injured in Portland

Posted by Sean DuBois on Monday, October 5, 2009

Date: September 29, 2009
Location: SE 136th Avenue and Stark Street, Portland
Names: Jeffrey Ruppel, Robert King

Alcohol may have been a factor in a head-on collision that seriously injured a member of the film crew for the reality television show COPS, which was filming in Portland. On September 29, 2009, at about 9 PM, a police car driven by East Precinct Officer Jeffrey Ruppel was hit head-on by a vehicle, driven by Robert King, 53, that had veered into the wrong lane. According to The Oregonian, police suspect King of driving under the influence of alcohol, but he had not yet been cited. One of the passengers in the police car sustained serious head injuries; he remained hospitalized as of September 30.

The accident occurred near the intersection of SE 136th Avenue and Stark Street. Ruppel, a five-year veteran with the Portland police, was on routine patrol while being filmed for the long-running reality TV show COPS, and two members of the film crew were riding in his back seat.

King was also hospitalized. Ruppel and another passenger were not seriously injured, and were treated at a local hospital and released. The names of the two film crew members are being withheld pending notification of their families.

Iesha Ash, who lives nearby, described the crash to as very bad. She continued, If you get on the other side, the cop car is all smashed up.” Ash said crashes in the area are common.

An investigation is continuing.

We encourage people to educate themselves on the law of drunk driving in Oregon, and we provide free information to help you settle your lawsuit without an attorney. But when a drunk driver is involved, the law becomes very tricky, and you should contact the best Oregon injury attorney.

Rainy Weather Driving Tips

Posted by Sean DuBois on Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Date: September 30, 2009

Expect rain, overcast skies through the weekend, reads the headline of a September 30, 2009, article in The Oregonian. Locals may be so used to similar weather predictions that the standard reaction might be, More rain? What else is new?

But a late-September downpour demonstrated that rain can cause serious traffic hazards. During the morning rush hour, heavy rains created slippery conditions that resulted in eight crashes, as well as a number of fender-benders and innumerable close calls. Portlanders on their way to work found themselves sitting in stalled traffic while the wrecks were cleared.

Family Members Sought after Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Posted by Sean DuBois on Friday, September 25, 2009

Date: September 25, 2009
Location: U.S. Highway 20 east of Bend
Names: Michael William Cleary

In a press release, the Oregon State Police have requested the publics help in locating the family of Michael William Cleary, a 61-year-old motorcyclist who was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Bend. The accident occurred around 12:30 AM, September 25, 2009, near milepost 28 on U.S. Highway 20.

Oregon State Police reported that Cleary was eastbound on the highway when he tried to execute a left-hand curve and drove onto the south shoulder of the road, striking a fog marker. Cleary, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene.

Motorcycle Crash Kills Eagle Point Man

Posted by Sean DuBois on Friday, September 25, 2009

Date: September 25, 2009
Location: U.S. 199, north of Grants Pass
Names: Harrel Eugene Neal

An Eagle Point motorcyclist died about 2:20 PM on September 25, 2009, after his motorcycle swerved onto the shoulder of U.S. 199 near Grants Pass, hitting a guardrail. Harrel Eugene Neal, 51, was thrown off his 2005 Honda motorcycle, Oregon State Police told The Oregonian. Neal was wearing a helmet. An ambulance crew, which happened to be nearby, was able to reach the scene in minutes, but they were unable to revive Neal. (more…)

Girl Traumatized after Being Dragged by Bus

Posted by Sean DuBois on Thursday, September 24, 2009

Date: September 24, 2009
Location: Sherwood, Oregon
Names: Withheld

A 5-year-old Sherwood, Oregon, girl who was dragged about 30 feet by a school bus has returned to her kindergarten class at J. Clyde Hopkins Elementary School, but her father says she will be haunted by the experience for the rest of her life.

The child, whose name is being kept private, got her backpack caught in the doors of the school bus on September 24, 2009, and was dragged alongside the moving vehicle. Her father, Carlos, who declined to make his last name public, told that the driver never got out of the bus to see if the girl was injured.


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