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Woman Killed Walking Daughter To School

A delivery van veered onto a southeast Portland sidewalk Tuesday, killing a woman and critically injuring her 7-year-old daughter as they walked to school.

Diana Valdez suffered head injuries and was in the intensive care unit of University Hospital in Portland. Her mother, Corrine Valdez, 34, died at the scene, police said.

Tracy Mohun was walking with her daughter half a block behind the Valdezes just before 9 a.m. when she saw a Pony Express Delivery Service van drive over the 2-inch curb and onto the sidewalk. The driver didn’t use his brakes, Mohun said.

“He just drove right up here and slammed and hit them both. They both went flying into the air,” Mohun told Portland TV station KGW.

After the accident, the mother “sat up and looked around. She was completely dazed. I don’t think she had a clue what was going on. But I said, ‘Your daughter is OK. It’s OK. Just lay down.’ And she laid down and died,” Mohun said.

Lt. Cliff Madison said the driver, William S. Colton, 37, of Milwaukie, was taken in for drug tests and processing. No charges had been filed.