A 16-year-old Portland girl was critically injured in a motor vehicle accident when the car she was riding in crashed into a tree in Tualatin, a suburb of Portland.
Apparently the driver of the vehicle the girl was riding in, 18-year-old Cameron Rathmanner of Lake Oswego man, was involved in a street race with another 18-year-old at the time.
Rathmanner was driving at speeds up to 80mph and apparently lost control of his 1993 Honda Civic and struck a tree on the passenger side. His brother, who was in the rear seat, was also injured in the accident.
The Oregonian said that the car accident occurred on Southwest Cipole Road and described it as a rural road with dips. The paper said that the road is not lit and has narrow shoulders.
In Washington State, in cases like this the driver might be charged with Vehicular Assault or Vehicular Homicide, if the passenger succumbed to her injuries. Washington Vehicle Code states that a driver can be charged if a person is seriously injured or killed and the driver was driving recklessly or without the regard for the safety of others. Most states have similar statutes.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We are a personal injury law firm and we represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents due to the negligence of others and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.