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Hunter High crash survivor needs surgery

Avery Bock Courtesy Granite School District

By nate carlisle

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published May 10 2012 01:20PM
Updated Aug 28, 2012 11:33PM

Two people injured in the Wednesday collision that killed two Hunter High School students have improved, a West Valley City police spokesman said Thursday.

However, 17-year-old Cassidy Porter, who also was injured in the crash, remains in critical condition and is expected to undergo surgery, said West Valley City police Sgt. Mike Powell.

The crash about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday killed classmates Jacob Armijo and Avery Bock, both 16. Armijo was driving with Bock, Porter and Leticia Cordero as passengers.

Powell said Cordero was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday. The driver of the second car, 40-year-old Monica Hood, has already been discharged from the hospital, Powell said.

Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the crash. Some witnesses described a third car that may have contributed to the crash and then sped away. Powell on Thursday would not confirm whether police believe that happened.

"We’re not ruling it out, either," Powell said. "We’re looking at all different angles."

Armijo was driving the Honda Civic north on 5600 West through the intersection with 4100 South when, for unknown reasons, the car veered into the southbound lanes, colliding with Hood’s Toyota Corolla. Some witnesses said Armijo swerved to avoid a minivan that ran a red light.

Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said grief counselors were at Hunter High on Thursday. Horsley didn’t know whether the crash will have the district reconsider letting students leave campus for lunch, seminary and other activities.

"It’s too early," Horsley said.

Horsley said in the 1990s students weren’t allowed to leave campus during the school day and that policy was unpopular.

Twitter: @natecarlisle

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