Parents respond to DA's Sherwood crash investigation
The parents of one of the two girls who died in a February crash in Sherwood are pushing for a slower speed limit along Southwest Edy Road.
The parents of Amelia Green, who along with Elliana Kramer was one of the victims of the crash, say they're satisfied with the results of an investigation and Washington County prosecutors' decision not to charge the driver with a crime. An official report concluded the driver, a man in his 50s, lost consciousness while driving 41 mph in the 40 mph speed zone, apparently due to an unspecified medical condition.
Last week, the Washington County District Attorney's Office issued a news release saying it would not prosecute the driver, who struck and killed the girls as they walked home from a coffee shop on Feb. 20.
Those results came five months after an exhaustive investigation by the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team, a specialized unit of the Sheriff's Office, with the district attorney concluding that evidence did not support filing charges against the driver.
The day after those results were released on July 14, Kyle Green, the father of Amelia Green, said the family was grateful for a "thorough, complete investigation and are satisfied with the outcome."
He said the family was thankful the driver was forthright when talking to police during the investigation into the fatal crash, and that the Green family appreciated the continued support from the community.
However, they also would also like to see changes along Edy Road.
"We would like to see the county reassess pedestrian safety on Edy Road," said Green. "We feel the posted speed limit of 40 mph is excessive for a residential area with so much activity and direct proximity to an elementary school."
He further called the large grade in the road where the accident occurred "unsafe and unnecessary," writing that the county needs to take action to resolve it or relinquish control of it to the city, something he said Sherwood police have the same concerns about and are willing to monitor any changes made.
"We miss our daughter," Green concluded. "We know she would want something positive to come from this."
Kevin Kramer, the father of Elliana Kramer, said both he and Elliana's mother, Elsa Niemi-Kramer's, initial reaction to the DA's decision not to file charges was that they were "very disappointed but we need more time to process everything before making any additional comments."
Kramer, whose family said she loved her friends and making people laugh, was a sophomore at Sherwood High School. Green, whose father called her a "smart, happy and well-traveled" girl, was a fifth-grader who attended Ridges Elementary School.
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