Girl, 5, dies after being hit by car in SE Portland - KPTV - FOX 12

5-year-old girl's death preventable, mom says

Posted: Updated: March 1, 2013 06:41 AM

A 5-year-old girl died after being struck by a car in southeast Portland on Thursday night.

Officers said the crash happened at 7:08 p.m. at Southeast 136th Avenue and Ellis Street.

Emergency crews arrived and found Morgan Maynard-Cook suffering from life-threatening injuries. She was taken to the hospital for treatment but died shortly after.

Maynard-Cook's family says she was the youngest of seven children. She had just started kindergarten this year, and they say she was excited to learn about everything.

"She was very smart, and she was just recently asking us about heaven," said Maynard-Cook's mother, Connie Ruiz. "She was a very curious little girl, full of life, happy, she just wanted to run around and play and learn to be a kid."

At the time of the crash, Maynard-Cook was being walked home by a 13-year-old boy, the uncle of a friend that she had been playing with.

Zach Peterson said he was walking the victim home, hand in hand down the shoulder of the road. The three only had to walk about a block-and-a-half down 136th to get home.

"We got to her house and were waiting to cross the street, and one car on the right stopped so she pulled her hand out of my hand and ran across the street," said Zach Peterson.

"But, the car on the left was speeding and she ran in front of it and it hit her. She flew up in the air and I couldn't tell if she hit the mailboxes or not, so I picked her up off the ground and ran over to her house."

"I set her on the porch and banged on the door, and when I set her down I realized she was bleeding a lot," said Peterson.

Police said the driver of the car, 69-year-old Huong Dang Bacon, stayed on scene.

At this time investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved. Police said speed does not appear to be a factor, and the woman was not on a cell phone.

Ruiz said that a 40-year-old woman was hit in the same intersection Wednesday, and her oldest daughter was also hit on the same stretch of road in June 2010. In those cases, Ruiz said, both survived.

The family is now hoping the city does something about the intersection, including installing a crosswalk, or possibly a flashing light.

"Our five-year-old baby girl has lost her life tonight, and it could have been prevented with a crosswalk."


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