Boy dies after Gresham crash, brother critical

Brothers, 8 and 10, hit while getting off a school bus Friday afternoon

According to Gresham Fire Chief Scott Lewis, two vehicles crashed on Division Street, and one of those cars struck the two children who are around 10-year-old, Oct. 31, 2104. (KOIN 6)
According to Gresham Fire Chief Scott Lewis, two vehicles crashed on Division Street, and one of those cars struck the two children who are around 10-year-old, Oct. 31, 2104. (KOIN 6)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 10-year-old boy, the older of two grade-school age brothers hit by a car after getting off a school bus in Gresham Friday afternoon, has died.

A spokesperson for the Gresham police confirmed Sunday the older of the brothers, ages eight and 10, had succumbed to his injuries overnight.

A previous version of this story, with information obtained from the Gresham Police, said the younger of two brothers, aged nine and 10, had passed away. The Gresham Police Department issued a corrected statement later Sunday. 

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office on Sunday night identified the elder brother as Jaquis Thornton. Thornton’s sibling has not been named.

According to Gresham Fire Chief Scott Lewis, two vehicles crashed on Division Street, and one of those cars struck the two children.

When crews responded to the scene at the intersection of NE Division Street and NE Country Club Avenue around 3:30 p.m., one of the children hit was unresponsive and unconscious, Lewis said.

According to a witness, a sedan was traveling eastbound on NE Division Street and began to turn northbound onto Country Club Drive when another sedan traveling westbound on Division Street collided with it, causing one to veer onto the sidewalk where the two children were walking. The two boys were transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center by ambulance with critical injuries.

Lewis said a mother and a child in one of the cars involved in the crash also sustained minor injuries and were taken to OHSU. However, neither driver of the two vehicles were injured and both are fully cooperating with the investigation.

Police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The investigation is ongoing.

No citations or charges have been issued at this time.

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