LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – A 14-year-old Portland boy died Monday after he was run over by a trailer on the Oregon Coast.
Cruz Miller was a student in the Mount Tabor Middle School Japanese immersion program, where counselors were on hand Tuesday morning to help students and faculty cope with the loss, said Portland Public Schools spokeswoman Christine Miles.
The boy was part of a large group of campers moving equipment along the banks of the Salmon River at Camp Westwind at about 11 a.m. Monday, according to sheriff’s deputies.
Witnesses said Cruz attempted to jump or climb onto a moving two-axle trailer loaded with gear and he fell. He hit the ground and was run over by the trailer, said Sgt. Eugene Shanks of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
There were two doctors and two nurses among the parent group with the campers. They tended to Cruz and kept him alive until medics arrived. He was taken to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City where he died, Shanks said.
The camping group was from a Portland Japanese language program called Oya No Kai, whose spokesman offered the following statement Monday evening:
Oya No Kai and the Japanese Immersion Program is shocked and heartbroken to learn of today's tragic accident at Camp Westwind. We will do everything we can to support the dear family, friends and community members who are forever touched by this great loss.
Camp Westwind also released a statement reading, in part, "We extend our profound sorrow and concern for his family, friends and the Oya No Kai community."