An 11-year-old girl was killed when she fell out of a party bus window and now the driver and the company that owns the bus could face criminal charges.
Angie Hernandez was on the party bus with family members for a cousin's quinceañera, which is a celebration for a girl's 15th birthday, on Sept. 29. Portland police say she was sitting on top of her seat and fell out of an emergency window as the bus made a turn.
Portland police investigators said emergency exit handles on some windows were dangerously loose, while some wouldn't open.
Police said there is no information that anyone on the bus pulled one of the red emergency release handles for the window at the time of the fall. Investigators also said Angie was not playing with the window at the time.
Investigators from the Portland Police Bureau and the U.S. Department of Transportation found safety violations involving the bus. Police said Wednesday "substantial parts" of their investigation have been forwarded to the district attorney's office.
The matter may be presented to a Multnomah County grand jury for possible criminal violations involving the Five Star Limousine, the Vancouver company that owns the bus, as well as the driver. A timeline for that has not been set.
Investigators said Wednesday they determined the driver was not impaired at the time of the accident.
After it happened, the driver told Fox 12 over the phone that he did nothing wrong that night and he wishes there had been an adult on board to supervise the back of the bus.
Public records showed the driver, Martin Brouwer, did not have a commercial driver's license at the time, which is required when driving a vehicle that seats 16 or more people. The party bus was carrying around 20 children the night Angie was killed.
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