Woman Dies, Husband Injured in Car-Truck Crash

Date: July 22, 2010
Location: Highway 30 & Old Portland Road near Warren, Oregon
Names: Kristina Brixey, Joseph L. Brixey, Douglas A. Heckman,

A 23-year-old woman died and her husband was injured July 22, 2010, in a car-truck crash at the intersection of Highway 30 and Old Portland Road near Warren, Oregon, according to an OSP press release.

Around 5:30 AM, a Honda Civic driven by Kristina Brixey, 23, of St. Helens, pulled out from a stop sign on Old Portland Road into the path of an unloaded dump truck heading north on Highway 30. The dump truck, driven by Douglas A. Heckman, 37, of Scappoose, struck the driver’s side of the car.

Kristina Brixey was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, Joseph L. Brixey, 21, who was a passenger in the car, was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Heckman was not injured.

All occupants of both vehicles were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the St. Helens work site are continuing to investigate.

We send our most sincere condolences to Kristina Brixey’s family, including her husband, Joseph, and we hope Joseph recovers from his injuries and is home from the hospital soon.

As Oregon car and truck accident lawyers, we’ve seen many examples of how important it is for both car drivers and truck drivers to be especially alert when sharing the road.

According to a 1994 Federal Highway Administration report, an unloaded dump truck can weigh over 24,500 pounds. Compare that to the average compact car, at approximately 3,000-4,500 pounds.

When a car and a truck collide, the car loses. In fact, according to Autos.com, in car-truck crashes, 78 percent of fatalities are car occupants.

If you’ve been in a crash, you probably have many questions. It’s a time when you should be with your family, and taking care of yourself. But often we have financial worries – medical bills, insurance policies, lost wages. How will you and your family get through it? Fortunately, victims have resources. That’s why we’re here. We’re not ambulance chasers; we’re lawyers who feel it is our duty to help injured people deal with the insurance companies. And the first thing you should do after getting the medical help you need is to go to our website – not to give us your business, but to read our free tips, download helpful documents, or request a free copy of book And if that’s not enough, you can always contact our Portland personal injury accident attorneys to ask us any questions.