LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Dozens of students met at Lake Oswego High School on Sunday to make cards and show support for their classmates injured in a head-on crash Friday night.
Katie Brauti, Madison Focht and Maddie Owens were seriously injured when the Jeep they were driving slammed into a Mercedes SUV.
Lake Oswego drama teacher Bob McGranahan on Saturday told KATU that Owens was out of the hospital. A spokesperson with Oregon Health and Science University says Brauti and Focht are still in the hospital and that Brauti is in critical condition.
Friends and family took to social media to show their support. A Facebook page dedicated to Katie Brauti says the next 48 hours are crucial.
“Katie has been put in a sedated state so the swelling in her brain does not get elevated and that she continue to heal. She has numerous broken bones that will all heal in time,” the page says.
The crash happened at Lower McNary Parkway and Kerr Parkway around 9:45 p.m. Police said it appeared that the girls' SUV was in the wrong lane when the crash occurred.
Three people were in the Mercedes, police said. The mother of one of the boys in the Mercedes told KATU on Sunday that the father helped medics put a neck brace on one of the girls after the crash.
Police said the girls appeared to have been coming from a football game because some of them were wearing football jerseys.
The driver had her license for more than six months, which means she was allowed to drive with passengers, according to police.
Lake Oswego police said there was no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.
KATU reached out to the girls’ families. They say it’s too soon for them to talk about the crash.
On Saturday morning, around 200 students met at Lake Oswego High School to pray for the girls.
“It’s become so real now, because you never hear about it happening to your friends," said junior Mack Hubbell on Saturday. "These three girls, they’re a big part of Lake Oswego High School and we all love them.”