PORTLAND, Ore. – A 15-year-old girl was seriously injured on Monday morning when she was hit by a car while running through a crosswalk, police said.
A police spokesman said Amiracle Hernandez was trying to catch a bus when she ran into the crosswalk across 82nd Avenue against the signal.
Hernandez was hit by a man driving a Mercedes down 82nd Avenue. A witness described the collision as “brutal.”
Police said Hernandez suffered serious injuries, although doctors at OHSU told her mother he is expected to live. In fact, her mother said her daughter is doing surprisingly well considering the circumstances.
"First thing I could do (after hearing the news) was just scream out. At first I lost control of my emotions because I didn't know how severe it was," Shawntina Leath said. "My daughter got hit by a car. Oh, please God have mercy on my daughter, don't let her die. That's all I could think at the time."
Hernandez suffered a broken pelvis and arm. She is still sedated, Leath said.
Leath said her daughter had just been dropped off by a friend's mother to catch a bus to Helensview School.
The crash happened at SE 82nd Avenue and Mill Street around 8:50 a.m.
The driver of the Mercedes stayed on the scene and is cooperating with police, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Police said it does not appear he was intoxicated. He was allowed to leave and was not cited for any crime. Investigators don't think there is anything he could have done to avoid the collision.
82nd Avenue was closed for about 2.5 hours after the crash. It re-opened just before 11:30 a.m.