UPDATE | Girl hit by truck upgraded to satisfactory condition in Tacoma hospital

A South Kitsap girl, hit by a truck on April 28, was upgraded to satisfactory condition Friday, said a hospital spokesperson.

Marce Edwards, media relations manager for MultiCare Health System, provided The Independent an update on 7-year-old Alexis M. Hererra’s condition via email.

According to Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesman for the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation continues on the accident that happened around 4:20 p.m. near the intersection of Elder Avenue SW and SW View Drive.

Wilson said a 30-year-old man was driving a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup southbound on Elder Avenue SW when he collided with the girl riding her bicycle westbound through the intersection at SW View Drive.

Deputies reported the girl was pulled under the truck and dragged a short distance before the truck stopped.

A South Kitsap Fire and Rescue medical aid unit transported the girl to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, where she is bring treated for multiple internal injuries. Initial on-scene investigation indicated the child was not wearing a helmet.

Wilson said the driver, who also resides in South Kitsap, showed no signs of impairment from alcohol or drugs, or evidence of excessive speeding.

The driver told investigators he didn’t see the bicyclist until impact. Also, riding in the truck were a 26-year-old female and 1-year-old child.

Stop signs are posted on the west and east side of SW View Drive.

The girl is a second-grader at Burley-Glenwood Elementary School.

Darlene Hughes, a secretary at school, said Wednesday staff planned to meet and collect donations to provide gift cards for the family.

“Every morning we get an update on her,” Hughes said.


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