Girl, 5, critically injured by car in front of school

Girl on her way to school at Ladd Acres Elementary School in Hillsboro

Two kids and their mother were hit by a car in Hillsboro, September 21 2016. (KOIN)
Two kids and their mother were hit by a car in Hillsboro, September 21 2016. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A mother and her two children were hit by a car in a Hillsboro crosswalk outside of a school on Wednesday morning.

One of the children, a 5-year-old girl and kindergartner at Ladd Acres Elementary School, sustained life threatening injuries and is in critical condition. She was in the middle of a crosswalk on SE Johnson Street near SE 75th Avenue with her mother and a sibling in a stroller when they were struck.

The mother’s foot was injured and the child in the stroller sustained minor injuries.

Witnesses described the scene as shocking. “I mean it’s a shocking video to see, especially to see the two little kids on the ground,” Kal Peiris told KOIN 6 News.

The crosswalk is marked by a sign but doesn’t have lights or a crossing guard. The Hillsboro School District says they will consider changes.

“Certainly we will be reviewing this particular crosswalk and seeing if there are other actions that we should be taking, perhaps working with the city to see if we can get a flashing cross indicator here,” Beth Graser with the district said.

Hillsboro Police say the driver stayed on scene and was likely blinded by the sun. The car was traveling around 20 – 25 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

“We believe the driver was aware, but based on the conditions, the light in his eyes, he simply just didn’t see them and that was his statement to us,” Lt. Michael Rouches said.

He likely won’t face charges, as neither alcohol or speed appear to be a factor.

The school has counselors available for students and has placed adults at the crosswalk to help students cross for at least the next few days.

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