Gresham, Ore.-- Two 13-year-old middle school students, both in seventh grade at Gordon Russell Middle School, were hit by a delivery van yesterday afternoon on their way home from school. The girls, Viridiana "Viri" Orozco-Hernandez and Raquelin Velasco Gutierrez, were transported to area hospitals. Orozco-Hernandez was listed in critical condition and flown to a trauma unit by Life Flight.
Velasco Gutierrez has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. As of this morning, Orozco-Hernandez reportedly remains in critical condition. The girls' families expressed thanks for the community's prayers and support and are asking for privacy at this time.
Investigators with Multnomah County's Vehicular Crimes Team are working to determine exactly why the driver, Deann Marie Lepoidevin, 44, of Gresham ran the red light and hit the girls. Lepoidevin is cooperating with investigators and has not received any citation at this time. The investigation findings will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's office for review, likely by the end of next week.