Drunk Driving Suspected in NE Portland Fatal Accident

Date: February 7, 2011
Location: Northeast Cully Blvd & Hwy 30, Northeast Portland
Names: Tessa Conradi, Jesse Ream, Shorona Rowland, Charlotte Mose

A woman was killed and two others were injured when her vehicle was struck by a suspected drunk driver. Portland’s Major Crash Team is investigating the collision.

OregonLive.com reported that a KIA Sportage being driven by Tessa Conradi, age 32, was struck by a Chevy Suburban at the intersection of Northeast Cully Boulevard and Highway 30, also known as the Portland Highway. Conradi died at the scene.

Police reported that the driver of the Suburban, Jesse Ream, age 38, ran away from the crash scene but was apprehended a few blocks away. He failed to cooperate at first, and police suspect that Ream was driving drunk and speeding.

Conradi’s passengers, Shorona Rowland age 27, and Charlotte Mose, age 34, were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Conradi’s husband, family and friends as they mourn her loss in this senseless crash. Ms. Conradi was a paralegal and held the position of President of the Pacific Northwest Paralegal Association (PNPA).

In the wake of a tragedy like this, each person must deal with it in whatever way works best for them. We would never try to talk someone into taking legal action. It is an individual decision that can only be made by the family. When a drunk driver causes an injury accident in Oregon, there is a possibility of suing the person or bar who served the alcohol. This must be done correctly, and quickly. When filing, there are strict time limits for an Oregon lawsuit, and where alcohol is involved, the limits get even stricter.

We encourage people to educate themselves on the drunk driving law 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 an experienced Oregon injury attorney.