Three LOHS teens injured in crash; one remains at OHSU
Three LOHS girls were hurt in crash Friday
One of the three Lake Oswego High School teens involved in a crash on Friday remained in the hospital as of Wednesday.
Katie Brauti, 17, was in critical condition at Oregon Health & Science University as of Tuesday, and Madison Focht, 16, and Maddie Owens, 16, were admitted for treatment and eventually released from OHSU.
The three girls were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Lake Oswego after the LOHS football game against Jesuit High School in Beaverton.
According to the Lake Oswego Police Department, at about 9:45 p.m. Friday, Focht was driving a Jeep Cherokee carrying passengers Owens and Brauti when the vehicle collided with a Mercedes containing a father, son and a friend of the son.
After an initial investigation, police said it appeared the Jeep was on the wrong side of the road when the accident occurred on Kerr Parkway at Lower McNary Parkway. The road was shut down that night as a result.
Because of the damage to the Jeep, Lake Oswego Fire Department personnel were called in to extricate Focht. It was unclear whether special equipment was needed to extricate the other victims.
The sons friend in the Mercedes was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and released. The other two passengers in the Mercedes were not injured.
All three of the injured girls are students at Lake Oswego High School.
Focht is active in lacrosse. Brauti was a member of the LOHS homecoming parade when she was a freshman in October 2011. On Owens Twitter account, she posted about her love of Ben & Jerrys Phish Food and her fondness for musicians Taylor Swift and John Mayer.
Lake Oswego High Principal Cindy Schubert said the school is not releasing information about the girls but was providing counseling to students who were upset about the incident. The students organized a prayer vigil on Saturday morning. Staff opened the school, and about 200 people attended. Students constructed a banner telling the injured girls they love them, and it is hanging at the school. Laker teens also created cards to give to their three fellow Lakers.
Our school and community are pretty amazing, Schubert said.
Additional details about the crashs cause are not being released because the case remains an open investigation, Lake Oswego Police Sgt. Tom Hamann said. At this time, there is no evidence that alcohol or drugs were a part of the crash, according to police.
Police are investigating the incident with the assistance of the Clackamas County Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team.
The investigation could take about two weeks, longer than most would because of the unusual number of serious and fatal traffic crashes in Clackamas County last weekend.
Meanwhile, the community is gathering around the teens.
The LOHS parent club posted on its Facebook page: Lakers, last night we had a big scare. Please hug your kids and parents everyday! We will update as true information comes in, 2 girls still in the hospital. Please no visitors for now. They need space and want you to know they are thankful for your prayers and texts.
Jesuit High School in Beaverton also posted a message of support on its Facebook page.
We ask for everyone in the Jesuit community to please pray for the Lake Oswego High School students injured last night in an automobile accident, the post said. Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, their families and the entire LOHS community.
As of Monday morning, more than 1,000 people had joined a Facebook group created to support Brauti.
In a message posted on the page, called Katie Brauti Updates, Babs Hamachek said she created it to offer information and gather statements of support for the Brauti family.
The Brauti family is SO thankful for ALL of the outreach, prayers, and love coming their way, but they cannot return all the text, calls, and emails right now, she wrote. They will be reading all of your messages and we will be provide updates via this Facebook page. ... The (Brautis) are all in our hearts and prayers.