Wrong way crash kills pregnant Fort Lewis soldier on I-5

May 5, 2008 by The Farber Law Group

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that Chanthea Prak, 21, a soldier stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington was killed in a head-on crash near Roseburg, Oregon. Oregon police reported that Prak was eight months pregnant. The accident occurred around 3:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-5.

Prak was a passenger in a car driven by Andrew Cajita, 21, of San Mateo, California when a car driven by Cheryl Rowe, 40, or Albany, ran into them head-on as Rowe drove the wrong-way on the I-5. Rowe was also killed in the crash and Cajita was critically injured. Cajita was airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Police said that the car driven by Cajita had swerved to avoid Rowe and the passenger side of Cajita's car received the full impact of the crash.

It is not known whether Rowe was intoxicated or impaired at the time of crash.

In this tragic case, the driver who caused the accident is also deceased. However, Prak's family may still be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The living victim is also entitled to compensation for his serious injuries. With the help of The Farber Law Group, a Washington firm experienced and knowledgeable in handling wrongful death cases, we would thoroughly investigate whether Rowe had illegally been served alcohol when she appeared to be intoxicated, whether she had any previous DUI charges or whether she was in the course of her employment. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.