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16-year-old walks away with a bruise after being hit by Thomas Hallquist driving through Milwaukie

A high school student walked away with only a bruise on his right leg after being hit by a driver going about 30 mph on Sept. 27, Milwaukie police report.

The crash occurred at 3:40 p.m. after the student got off of a Clackamas Middle College school bus near the intersection of Southeast Wood Avenue and Park Street. Clackamas Middle College is a charter high school through the North Clackamas School District.

Police determined that the school bus had stopped on the south side of Park Street, just past Wood Avenue. Police Capt. Ryan Burdick said that normally it is a violation for a driver to pass a school bus when the bus has its stop lights activated, but in this case, the bus was flashing its lights on Park Street, and the crash happened on Wood Avenue.

"The student explained he is accustomed to getting off the bus and immediately running parallel along the side of the bus to his destination (home)," Burdick said. "This school year, the bus stops in a slightly different location, requiring the student to cross the intersection ... behind the school bus as he moves toward his destination."

The bus was parked just east of the intersection when he got off the bus, running west to go home. The student told police that as he ran west across Wood Avenue, through the intersection of Wood and Park, he did not see the vehicle that struck him. Police determined that Milwaukie resident Thomas Hallquist was driving southbound on Wood Avenue at approximately 30 mph, in an area with a 25 mph speed limit, when the juvenile ran in front of the car and was struck by Hallquist's driver-side front bumper.

"Everyone cooperated and stayed on scene, and based on statements of the involved parties, we don't believe speed was a factor in the event," Burdick said. "The driver of the vehicle said he did not see the pedestrian until shortly before impact."

The juvenile was evaluated and released from the scene, and no citations were issued.


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