Two-Car Crash Kills 80-Year-Old Woman

Date: July 2, 2010
Location: Highway 97/Highway 197 Junction near Madras, Oregon
Names: Fern Irving, Iva Hasenbank, Tyson Trout, Leslie Trout, [Unknown]

An 80-year-old Athena, Oregon woman died July 2, 2010, around 12:35 PM, in a two-car crash at the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 197 near Madras, Oregon, according to an OSP press release.

The crash occurred as a pickup truck pulling a camper trailer, driven by Tyson Trout, 31, of White Salmon, Washington, drove north on Highway 97, approaching the junction with Highway 197. Trout tried to make a left turn onto Highway 197, and collided with a southbound car driven by Fern Irving, 80, of Athena. Irving was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in Irving’s car, Iva Hasenbank, 71, of Adams, was seriously injured in the crash. She was transported to Mountain View Hospital in Madras.

The truck driven by Trout had three passengers, his wife, Leslie Trout, 31, and their two children, a 12-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy. All of them refused medical treatment.

All persons involved were wearing safety restraints.

OSP troopers are continuing to investigate, and have not yet taken any enforcement action.

We are saddened to hear of Irving’s death, and we send our thoughts to her family. We also send our prayers for a speedy recovery to Hasenbank. We are thinking of the Trout family as well, especially the two children. Even if you are not injured, a Portland car crash can be traumatic, and we’ll be thinking of all of you.

The moments and days after a crash are the most important. First, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think your injuries are minor, you should have a record of anything after the accident in case the pains become more serious. Second, either you, a friend or family member, or a qualified attorney, should collect evidence from the accident scene. Evidence can disappear quickly, so doing this while your loved one is in the hospital is of extreme importance. We understand that you may not want to do this while you or your loved one is in the hospital, so you may want to ask a Portland auto accident attorney to do it for you.

The months after an accident are important as well. There are time limits to filing a claim if you have been in an accident. And sometimes you can’t go back to work, so you start to worry about paying medical bills and wage loss. These are all stressful things, and it doesn’t help that the insurance company won’t leave you alone, but they won’t help you either. So please, do not hesitate to call us or request a free copy of our book, 7 Common Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Oregon Accident Case. Our website has helpful advice, and what we don’t cover there, we will be more than happy to answer ourselves.