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1 Nov 2014
Party bus death investigation goes to DA
Police still looking into some aspect of tragic accident
Substantial portions of the Portland police investigation into the death of 11-year-old Angie Hernandez have been completed and forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.
Henandez died when she fell out of an emergency escape window on a party bus in downtown Portland on Sept. 29.
Police say the case may be presented to a grand jury to determine whether there are any violations that warrant criminal charges. Any grand jury investigation will not reach conclusion on non-criminal violations or on possible issues of federal law.
There were over two dozen children on the bus and only one adult, the driver.The bus is owned by the Five Star Limousine company.
Investigators have interviewed nearly everyone that was on the bus and there is no information that anyone on the bus pulled on one of the red emergency release handles for the window.
Investigators have determined that the driver of the bus was not impaired.
During the investigation, officers are reviewing whether Portland City Codes related to City Driver Permits, Company Permits, or Individual Vehicle Permits have been violated.
As part of this investigation, investigators from the Portland Police Bureau and the U.S. Department of Transportation did separate inspections of the bus and found that there were safety violations. This information will be presented as part of the case to the Multnomah District Attorney's Office.