Car Hits Two Women Waiting for Highway Help

Date: October 21, 2009
Location: Highway 26, Vista Ridge Tunnel, Portland Oregon
Names: Caprice Miller, Jessica Kvidera, Fabian Fertig

Two women who had crashed their truck and were waiting for help on Highway 26 in Portland, Oregon, were struck by a car that lost control as it exited the Vista Ridge Tunnel, October 21, 2009.

Caprice Miller, 20, and Jessica Kvidera, 19, were heading to the Oregon Zoo when their truck crashed into a barrier near the tunnel. They steered to the right shoulder and called for help.

As the pair waited by the highway, Fabian Fertig, 26, exited the tunnel and lost control of his car. He crashed into them at around 10:30 AM.

Both women were injured, and they were transported to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital for treatment.

Fettig was charged with careless driving.

According to the Oregon Driver Manual 2007-2009, a person commits the offense of careless driving if he or she causes serious injury or death to a “vulnerable” person on a roadway, such as a pedestrian, bicyclist, or highway worker. We all share the road, and it is important to treat everyone with respect – but especially those who do not have the protection of being inside a car.

We send our thoughts to Miller and Kvidera and hope your recovery will be quick and easy, and that you will get to enjoy their day at the zoo very soon. For now, you should concentrate on getting better, but when it comes time to pay the medical bills, you may need some guidance. Do not give a statement to the insurance company until you’ve visited our website; it’s free and full of helpful tips. We are not ambulance chasers, we just want you to get the information you need, like how to win your case without an attorney. You can also request a free copy of our book 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case. And if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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