Girls are Rosemont Ridge Middle School students
At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, the Wilsonville Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle that struck two teenage pedestrians near the intersection of Southwest Wilsonville Road near Memorial Drive in Wilsonville.
According to police, a Jeep Cherokee heading westbound on Wilsonville Road reportedly veered off the road, went across the sidewalk and struck two 13-year-old females walking on the sidewalk.
According to the Rosemont Ridge Middle School PTO Facebook page, the two girls are students at the school. The parents of the girls have requested that the girls names not be released.
One patient was transported by air ambulance and one transported by ground ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. As of Monday morning, one of the girls was upgraded from critical to fair condition and the other was listed in serious condition.
The 19-year-old driver, Tyler Joos of Wilsonville, remained at the scene of the accident and is cooperating with police. According to Sgt. Robert Wurpes, police were preparing a search warrant late last week to get a closer look at the vehicle, which is standard in this sort of case. The investigation is ongoing and no charges are pending at this time.
On Aug. 9, Willamette United Soccer girls hosted a gathering at Rolling Hills Community Church for anyone impacted by the accident. There were materials to make posters and signs and pastors and counselors were available.
According to the Rosemont Ridge PTO, several school families are taking collections of cards and letters from the community to bring to the hospital for the girls and their parents. The PTO is also planning a two-hour event to let kids create cards and letters. The time and date was not yet set as of press time.
Sheriffs Office investigators along with the Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) are still working to create a reconstruction of the incident. Investigators are also conducting interviews of known witnesses and are actively seeking other witnesses. If you were a witness to this accident or have any information regarding it, contact the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office tip line at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html. Reference Clackamas County Sheriffs Office case No. 13-23964.
The public can also submit crime tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office from a cellphone. Send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.