Connor R. Fitch, 18, killed in two-vehicle collision on Highway 99 in Cottage Grove, Oregon

Modified Date: 
Sat, 04/13/2019 - 10:11am
Accident Date: 
Monday, May 16, 2016

Update: Cottage Grove teenager killed in crash Monday morning

Fitch was a member of the local car community, with tributes appearing on his Facebook page from such organizations as Eugene Car Scene Group and 541 Car Meets.

Friends on those pages appeared to be planning a gathering Monday night at Cottage Grove Lake in Fitch’s honor.

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Connor R. Fitch
Bryan A. Ross
Highway 99
Eugene, OR


Every Oregon Car insurance policy has funeral and medical benefits for the driver and all occupants regardless if the accident was caused by the driver.  This coverage is known as Personal Injury Protection, PIP.  The funeral benefit is $5,000 per person and the medical benefits which would include ambulance transportation and paramedic treatment, hospitalization is $15,000 per person.  Many car owners will purchase greater limits but these are the minimum in every Oregon policy.  What this means is that every driver whether at fault for the accident or not has available funeral and medical under their auto insurance policy. Because the car veered off the road the car should be inspected by mechanic to determine if a mechanical problem caused the accident or whether the accident was caused by driver error.   If a mechanical problem then the manufacturer of the car or repair shop may be liable for the accident.  This is known as a Products Liability Claim.  However, Product Liability Claims are expensive to pursue because of the expense of hiring an expert mechanical engineer to determine if there was a mechanical cause of the accident.  In some instances a class action is used when there is a repetitive defect in the same make and model of the vehicle.  Class actions have been used for accelerating throttles, seat belts, tires, steering wheel locks, ignition switches, engine fires and other defects.  If anyone has any questions please contact me at (800) 347-4269.  I am a lawyer and Accident Data Center Sponsor for Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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