Vancouver teen hit by bus, dies in NW Portland

Vancouver teen hit by bus, dies in NW Portland

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Posted on June 8, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 12:35 PM

PORTLAND -- A Vancouver teen was killed Sunday afternoon after being hit near the Greyhound bus depot in downtown Portland.

She was identified Monday as Monserrat Hernandez Garcia, 18, by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office.

Garcia was hit around 3:50 p.m. at Northwest 6th Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street, Portland police said. Officers said she died at the scene. 

The bus was an Amtrak charter bus driven by Charles Atarashi Start, 68, of Portland. A preliminary investigation shows that the driver turned from westbound Northwest Glisan Street to northbound 6th Avenue and struck the teen, police said.

Start was not impaired and cooperated with police. The results of the investigation will be turned over the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Officer Peter Kurronen at 503-823-2208

Marka Wachter, CEO of the MTR Western bus company issued a statement Sunday evening.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the accident victim. This is a terrible tragedy for everyone involved. We are cooperating with local investigators who are gathering the facts.  We will share additional information as soon as it becomes available. [The MTR Western team] is deeply saddened for the family and friends of the accident victim."

Garcia was a senior at Hudson's Bay High School.

“Monserrat was always smiling and loved to laugh," said Hudson’s Bay Principal Val Seeley.
"She was dedicated to completing high school. This is a very sad loss for Hudson’s Bay High School. Our hearts go out to her family and friends, and all who knew Monserrat. The Hudson’s Bay school community will miss her.”

School administrators are working with the Hernandez Garcia family to appropriately honor Monserrat.

 

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