Witness says boy was trying to cross Farmington Road at unmarked location
A 14-year-old boy is recovering after being struck by a vehicle Tuesday night while crossing Southwest Farmington Road in Aloha.
Just before 6 p.m., Washington County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and found an unconscious 14-year-old boy lying on the south side of Farmington Road about 60 feet west of Southwest 189th Avenue. There was a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier parked near the boy.
Deputies learned the boy was breathing and had a pulse. They monitored him until Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel arrived a few minutes later.
While on the scene, the boy regained consciousness. He was transported to Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital by ambulance with non life-threatening injuries.
Meanwhile, deputies spoke with the driver of the Cavalier, 22-year-old Natalie Akin of Aloha.
Akin told deputies she was driving eastbound on Farmington Road at about 40 miles per hour when the boy suddenly appeared in front of her car, said Sgt. Bob Ray, sheriff's office spokesman.
"She said it happened so fast that she didn't have time to apply the brakes," Ray said.
Deputies also learned there was another 14-year-old boy walking with the boy who was struck.
The boy told deputies they were both walking west on Farmington Road and headed home from sports practice.
"He said they were going to cross Southwest Farmington Road, and his friend got impatient and ran into the path of the Cavalier," Ray said.
This area of the roadway is dark, and there isn't an intersection or crosswalk. The boy who was struck wore dark clothing.
The hospital reported the boy is in stable condition.
"The Washington County Sheriff's Office advises that people should wear reflective clothing and carry a light to increase their visibility while walking at night," Ray said. "With the daylight hours shortened, and with more people walking in the dark, pedestrians should assume cars do not see them and only cross the road at intersections and crosswalks."