Police continue to investigate crash that killed Cascade teen
EVERETT - The Everett community is mourning the loss of Perla Hernandez, 14, who was killed in an accident while walking home from school.
Hernandez, a freshman, was walking home from Cascade High School on Thursday, Oct. 10 when a car veered onto the sidewalk and struck her. She died from her injuries later at a Seattle hospital.
The crash happened at 112th Street SE and Seventh Avenue SE.
Last week, people stopped by the accident site to pay their respects and leave candles and balloons with handwritten messages. Behind the memorial area, leftover glass from a store window that was also hit by the out-of-control Toyota Camry remained on the ground.
People who knew Hernandez said she had a bright future.
“She sounded like a really great person we aspire to be,” said Susie King, a minister and parent of a student at Cascade.
King is a youth minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Bothell, where Hernandez’ funeral mass took place Friday, Oct. 18.
Traffic detectives are still working on the case, Everett Police Department spokesman officer Aaron Snell said late last week.
What is known is a 16-year-old in a Chevrolet Suburban was turning left from Seventh Avenue SE onto 112th Street SE when he collided with a Toyota Camry. The accident happened around 2:30 p.m., shortly after Cascade High School let out for the day.
The Camry ended up veering onto the sidewalk, hitting Hernandez and then a railing and flipping into a building, police said.
The Camry’s driver, a 48-year-old Everett woman, was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
A team of school counselors spent long hours at Cascade, Eisenhower Middle School and Silver Lake Elementary last week to help students cope. Hernandez’ siblings attend Silver Lake.
Some students spoke one-on-one with counselors and others worked in groups and joined activities like writing cards and letters, Everett School District spokeswoman Mary Waggoner said.
Cascade High School has set up a donation fund to cover funeral costs at BECU. If you would like to contribute, the account name is the Perla Hernandez Benevolent Fund.