SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A 14-year-old girl was killed Monday evening after she was hit by a car while crossing a Salem street, police said.
Shatamera Pruden was reportedly at Commercial Street SE and Royvonne Avenue SE just minutes before 6 p.m. when she was hit by an FJ Cruiser.
She was taken to the hospital where she later died of her injuries.
Elizabeth Pruden, Shatamera’s mother, told KOIN 6 News her daughter was on her way to meet some friends at a park when the fatal crash happened.
“Everyone is at a loss for words,” Elizabeth said. “It caused mass hemorrhaging as well as brain damage, and her pelvis was broken… There was just too much damage.”
Shatamera was looking forward to starting her freshman year of high school. Her mom said she loved helping others and playing volleyball, her favorite sport.
“She made my life easier as a mom, she was just a really caring daughter,” Elizabeth said. “Her ultimate goal was to get a volleyball scholarship after high school and ride that through college.”
Elizabeth said she won’t let her daughter’s death be in vain. She wants to see changes out at the intersection where Shatamera was killed, starting with a crosswalk.
“I want to stop any other tragedy,” she said. “No other parent going through it.”
Friends released balloons at a memorial Tuesday in Shatamera’s honor.
“She was very humorous, very goofy and her smile… her smile takes everybody’s breath away,” Elizabeth said. “Everybody would circle around her.”
The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. He was not arrested and currently isn’t facing any charges, although the investigation is ongoing.