Sherwood High School student dies
A Sherwood High School student who may have intentionally stepped in front of a vehicle in Tualatin, died from his injuries Monday night.
The district has identified him as junior Stephen Ventura.
Tualatin police reported that officers responded to the incident on Highway 99W at Cipole Road at 11:02 p.m. Monday, April 1, where they assisted medical personnel in providing aid to the male juvenile who was struck. He was taken to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital where he died from his injuries.
Tualatin police said that the driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.
Police believe the victim may have intentionally stepped in front of the moving car. Tualatin Police Department Sgt. Nate Cooper said the department would not release the name of the victim because he is a minor and because of the circumstances of the incident.
However, the following email message was sent from the Sherwood High School principal's office to high school parents on Tuesday:
"I am reaching out to you again with great sadness. As you may know, last night a Sherwood High School student was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident. The student tragically lost is Stephen Ventura, a junior at Sherwood High School."
The letter goes on to say that the district has mobilized a county-wide flight team — counselors and advisers who focus on trauma — to work with students, staff and families who are deeply affected by the loss.
"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family and anyone affected by this tragic loss," the email states. "Please do not be afraid to lean on your Bowmen Family in this difficult time and please be there for each other."
Meanwhile, outside resources for students include the Oregon YouthLine (a free, confidential helpline for teens): found at oregonyouthline.org or by calling. Help is also available at the Washington County Crisis Line: 503-291-9111
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