'Bodies were flying': Ore. girl watches as little sisters are run over
OREGON CITY, Ore. - A 14-year-old Oregon City girl watched in horror on Thursday afternoon as her two little sisters were struck in a sidewalk by a car driven by an 86-year-old Milwaukie man.
The girls were crossing at 10th and Main Street in downtown Oregon City when they were hit around noon, according to a Clackamas County Fire District No. 1 spokesman.
A 10-year-old, Hadley Stewart, suffered a broken arm. She was taken to the hospital but was said to be in good condition.
Her six-year-old sister, Willa, was rushed to Oregon Health and Science University. She's in serious condition with broken bones throughout her body
"I turned around and I see Hadley in the middle of the road, and Willa being dragged by the car," said the girls' 14-year-old sister, Audrey Stewart.
The driver, Monte Thoen, has not been cited in the incident. He stayed on the scene and was not injured.
He told KATU he made a mistake. He was looking across the street to see if the driver opposite him at a four-way stop was going to proceed, and the next thing he knew, "bodies were flying."
"I made eye contact with the driver, so I thought he was going to stop," Audrey Stewart said. "Like I assumed because he saw me, he was going to stop, but he kept going."
According to fire officials, the crash appears to be the driver's fault because he was turning at the four-way stop intersection and hit the girls in the crosswalk.
Elijah Blu, who is opening a business across the street, said he heard screams and came outside.
He said the 6-year-old looked to be in bad shape.
"The way it looked to me was like she got all the way run over until they finally stopped. She was under the car, closer to the back," he said. "So obviously, what it looked like to me was they went over her."
The girls had gone across the street to get drinks from Dutch Bros.
"It didn't register until three hours later," said Audrey Stewart, who rode in the front seat of the ambulance to the hospital. "Like it all felt like a dream."
"I know she's going to be OK, but it's still scary seeing your little sister like in the hospital and blood on her face."