Family loses one daughter in car crash, another daughter injured
A 14-year-old Forest Grove girl died and her 18-year-old sister was critically injured in a collision on Highway 47 south of Gaston Wednesday evening, April 6.
The crash occurred near milepost 29.
An Oregon State Police investigation revealed that a Chrysler PT Cruiser was traveling south on Highway 47 around 4:05 p.m. when it swerved to avoid a collision with a northbound Dodge Caravan that had entered its lane. The Chrysler slid and traveled into the northbound lane, where it was struck on the passenger side by a northbound Toyota Camry, police said.
Jill Yoder of Hillsboro, the 57-year-old Toyota driver, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and the driver of the Chrysler, Stephanie Cadd, 18, of Hillsboro, was transported to the hospital by air ambulance with critical injuries.
Fourteen-year-old Samantha Cadd, who was a passenger in the PT Cruiser, passed away at the scene.
A Cadd family friend, Dannell Peek McKinnon, posted the following on Stephanie Cadd's Facebook page around noon Thursday:
"It is with a very heavy heart that I share [this] news with our dance family and [the] Forest Grove Community. On behalf of the Cadd family we are sharing that Stephanie Cadd ... and her little sister Samantha were in an accident yesterday. Sadly Sammie, age 14, passed away at the scene. Stephanie is just going into surgery to repair her jaw broken in two places. Her upper arm has a clean break. Please pray for Donnita Cadd, Dan, Stephanie, Amie Danielle Musselwhite and Jessica. We are working on fundraising to help the family with the funeral services and medical expenses. There may be a lot of 'stories' going around. Right now we would like to refer you to this article."
McKinnon posted the following link: http://pdxfanews.blogspot.com/2016/04/teenager-loses-life-in-collision-on.html?m=1.
According to Forest Grove School District Chief of Staff Connie Potter, Stephanie Cadd graduated from Forest Grove High School in 2015. Samantha Cadd had attended FGHS until February, when she transferred to an online academy.
District officials deployed a "Flight Team" made up of counselors to attend to students and staff who wanted to talk about the tragedy. The counselors will be at FGHS on Friday, Potter said.
Authorities said the Dodge driver, Andrea Ausmus of Yamhill, 33, at first left the scene but later called the police to report she may have been involved in the crash. Ausmus is cooperating with the investigation.