Second East High student hit by car still recovering

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DENVER — The second female student that was hit by a car from East High School on Colfax Wednesday morning is still recovering from serious injuries.

The 14-year-old girl was struck by a car on Colfax near Fillmore Street, just moments after a hit-and-run occurred four blocks away on Elizabeth St.

Police said because she did not have the right-of-way to cross the street, the pedestrian was at fault in this case.

The teenager was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after she was hit.

“Our understanding at this time is that she is expected to be OK,” East High School Principal Andy Mendelsberg said in a letter to parents.

The driver in the second crash, Scott Gravatt, remained at the scene.

Gravatt said he was heading east on Colfax at the time of the accident and crossing through the intersection after getting a green light. With the sun glaring off his windshield as it came over the horizon, he said he did not a see a young girl running across Colfax.

“I was going through the intersection at about 30 or 35 miles per hour — not too fast,” Gravatt said. “Unfortunately I hit a young lady.”

Gravatt said he immediately got out of his vehicle along with several witnesses near the scene.

“I took off my jacket and put it over her, just trying to keep her calm,” Gravatt said. “She was screaming pretty loudly and saying she was in a lot of pain. We called an ambulance and then called her mom to let her know her daughter had been in an accident and we were going to do everything we could to keep her safe.”

Gravatt said he couldn’t imagine leaving the scene of such a wreck.

“It’s just the way I was raised,” Gravatt said. “I felt bad enough about hitting her and not being able to see her because of the glare. Morally and in good conscience, I could never have left a young girl lying in the street.”

Gravatt also said that since he had a green light and was not speeding, he doesn’t expect police will press any charges.

In the letter to parents, Mendelsberg said East High is an “urban high school located in the
middle of heavily-trafficked roadways.”

“I cannot stress enough the importance of our students taking extra care and being more aware of their surroundings given the downtown location of our campus,” Mendelsberg said.

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