Fantastic Beasts costume designer, may not walk again after suffering serious injuries in head-on crash in Oregon
A Welsh woman from the UK was in a serious car accident on November 23, and reportedly will be unable to walk for approximately six months, after a reckless driver smashed into her car when she was on vacation.
Elizabeth Real, 30, was driving near Selma, Oregon, near Highway 1999 in November when the serious crash took place.
At 7:20 PM that evening, Oregon State Police Troopers and EMTs were called to the scene of the two-vehicle wreck.
After the serious wreck, Real was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center and was later to taken to Riverbend Hospital in Eugene after having serious head injuries. Her passenger Kelly Karaba, from Arcata, California was flown to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious personal injuries.
The driver of the other car, 27-year-old, Briana Verela, was taken to a Grants Pass Hospital, and then taken for more treatment to a Seattle hospital, where she later passed away.
Real is a costume design and now lives in Croydon, was on vacation when the terrible crash happened. Her father told the media that she was supposed to return to the UK on November 27, which was the day the awful crash occurred. He noted that she is doing quite well, but has suffered the following injuries:
- Broken both foot bones
- Both lower legs are broken, and kneecaps will need to be reconstructed
- Possible minor stroke
- Likely will be in a cast for eight weeks and she needs to have extensive rehabilitation
- It is likely she will not be able to walk for six months
Her father and mother are now staying in the US until their daughter improves medically.
The driver of the car that struck her car was described by state police as being reckless at the time of the accident.
A police report stated that the preliminary investigation showed that a 2005 white Toyota that was operated by Briana Varela was going southbound on Highway 199, when for an unknown reason it crossed into the northbound lanes and hit a northbound 2018 Nissan Versa, which was operated by Elizabeth Real.
Varela was taken to the hospital in Seattle where she was pronounced dead. Varela was reported by other drivers to be driving recklessly for approximately 16 miles before the accident.
About Distracted Driving
While it unknown what caused the Toyota driver to drive into opposite traffic, there is a possibility that he was distracted. In Oregon, distracted driving is becoming a more serious problem in recent years.
That is why fines for violating distracted driving laws in Oregon started to add up on July 1, 2018, and could lead to jail time for people who repeat several times.
The new law bars drivers from the use of any electronic device that is not permanently installed in the car, such as a cell phone, tablet, and digital music player, to text, talk, play games, get directions and check emails.
This year alone, Oregon has had 170 traffic deaths, up almost 20% from the same time last year, according to state statistics. According to the Department of Transportation, driver inattention, possibly due to the use of an electronic device, could be a reason for some of these fatalities.
Under the higher penalties, a first-time violator of the distracted driving law faces a fine as high as $1000. The fine will rise to $2500 with a second offense. Repeat violators could face up to six months in jail and a fine up to $2500 with another offense in 10 years.
If you have been injured by a distracted driver and think you could be entitled to compensation, please be sure to reach out to Herron Law – www.PortlandInjuryFirm.com, (503) 699-6946.