ESTACADA, Ore. -- Students struck by a vehicle as they crossed an Estacada street said Thursday that they doubted the driver's story that the sun was in his eyes when he hit the girls.
Three girls were crossing the street between Estacada High School and Junior High on their way to choir practice when they were hit by a car Wednesday morning. The driver of the car said he was blinded by sun glare.
All three students suffered minor injuries.
On Thursday, two of the three girls, Mercy Espinosa and Kaylee Hieber, spoke with KGW.
“Right now, I don't feel really good," Espinosa said, her leg encased in a medical brace. "I kind of hurt. I keep getting flashbacks.”
Kaylee Hieber said the car appeared to lunge at the girls.
"Instead of stopping it went faster and then the next thing I knew there were firefighters everywhere," Hiber said.
The driver stayed at the scene and was cited for failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Police said he blamed sun glare and then suggested the teens may have been texting while they were in the crosswalk.
Espinosa and Hiber said that they weren't texting.
"Our phones were in our pockets," Espinosa said.
Hieber questioned the driver's story.
"His first story was that the sun was in his eye," Hieber said. "His second story was that we were texting. But I was wondering how he would see us texting if the sun was in his eye?"
This isn't the first time someone has been hit at this crosswalk. Parents have asked the city to install a crosswalk signal.
The driver of the vehicle could not be reached for comment.