OREGON CITY, Ore. – Two young girls who were struck by a car in Oregon City Thursday were on the way to get their parents an anniversary gift when they were hit.
The girls, 6-year-old Willa and 10-year-old Hadley Stewart, were struck at 10th Street and Main Street just after noon, said spokesman Brandon Paxton of Clackamas Fire.
Both girls were taken by ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University hospital. Willa (pictured above) suffered a broken clavicle and pelvis and several broken ribs. She was listed in serious condition.
“As a parent it terrifies me, but I don’t want it to terrify them. I want them to feel confident that this is their neighborhood and this is their town and they should feel safe here,” the girl’s father Nick Stewart said Friday.
Hadley was treated for a broken arm and released from the hospital Thursday night. Their 14-year-old sister was with the girls at the time, but she was not hit by the vehicle.
“It kind of felt like this huge dream. I don’t know. I didn’t really feel anything and it was scary. Everyone was helping me and asking me if this hurt and that hurt,” Hadley Stewart said. “I want to say thank you to the firefighters who helped, the policemen and all the friends that were supporting everyone.”
The driver, 86-year-old Monte Thoen of Milwaukie, was not injured. He stayed at the scene and talked with investigators, Paxton said.
"I heard some screaming and yelling and I turned around, I saw the bodies fly around," said Thoen. "Real sorry that I did that. I got some of my own grandkids and I just hate to see little guys, little people like that get hurt."