ALOHA, Ore. (KOIN) — Four people walking near Aloha High School were injured when an SUV somehow hit them.
A Chevy pulling a trailer hit the curb around 185th and Kinnaman and went up on the sidewalk, hitting the 4 people. Initial reports indicated the 4 people were all students. KOIN 6 News learned only 2 were students and the other 2 have no ties to the school.
Those injured were Brian Smith, 34; Celsey Smith, 26; and 16- and 17-year-old high school students. Celsey Smith was the most seriously hurt, authorities said.
Driver Jeffrey Leitz has a medically-suspended driver’s license, and has since 2001. The Washington County District Attorney has taken this case under review.
Witness Brendan Templar, who attends Sunset High School, said the driver appeared distracted as he drove between 35-40 mph. The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
“It was a spread out scene and people, they were all over the place trying to help,” Templar told KOIN.
He said he jumped in to see if the people who got hit were OK.
Templar said it was “miraculous” people weren’t more seriously hurt. The injuries, while serious, do not appear to be life-threatening, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
“It was a tragic sight and I’d rather not see it again,” Templar said.
Deputies told KOIN the intersection at 185th and Kinnaman isn’t really any worse than any other intersection in Washington County, but some would say something needs to be done there.
“People come through here all the time and they go over the speed limit,” Templar said. “I really wish this is a place they would install traffic cameras because it would do so much to keep people aware.”
Aloha parent Carol Ross, on the other hand, says she doesn’t see that area as a problem.
“People are always very courteous drivers, letting me in and out,” Ross said. “I don’t see people really speeding on it like they used to be.”
Despite that, Ross added that “around a school, you have to slow down.”
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