Ravell Call, Deseret News
WEST VALLEY CITY — A Hunter High student remained hospitalized Thursday with injuries she suffered during a Wednesday traffic collision that killed two fellow students from Hunter High School.
Cassidy Porter, 17, remained in critical condition, according to Intermountain Medical Center spokesman Jess Gomez. Another student involved in the crash, 16-year-old Leticia Cordero, was released from the hospital Thursday afternoon.
Friends said Porter and Cordero were leaving school for lunch when the car they were traveling in collided with another vehicle one block away at the intersection of 4100 South and 5600 West. The driver of their vehicle, 16-year-old Jacob Armijo, and another passenger, 16-year-old Avery Bock, were both killed in the accident.
Witnesses say their vehicle, a Civic, swerved and hit a Corolla. Monica Hood, the driver of the Corolla, was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. She was also released from a hospital on Thursday, according to the West Valley Police Department.
Friends and family gathered Wednesday evening to pay tribute to the victims and grief counselors were available at the school Thursday to help students deal with the tragedy. A number of students arrived early before classes began Thursday and were consoling each other when counselors arrived.
"It's really sad," said Courtney Gatehouse, 16. "It's real emotional, but we're keeping them in our minds."
Tatiana Brown, 18, said she saw a lot of somber faces at school.
"The school is very upset and sad," she said. "People are going to the counselor. They're actually there and speaking."
Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said emotions were "on the surface" on campus Thursday, and the loss was hard for the students.
"As you entered the school this morning you could kind of sense there was a mood of somberness," he said. "They're putting on some brave faces."
Horsley said district employees had set up a crisis center at Hunter High School and added that grief counseling teams would remain at the school for as long as necessary.
The cause of the accident was still under investigation Thursday, said West Valley Police Sgt. Mike Powell. At the time of the accident there were unconfirmed reports of a third vehicle that may have contributed to the collision. Powell said police were looking into speed, other vehicles and any incidents at the school that may have influenced Armijo's emotional state.
Accounts have been set up in each of the four students' names through America First Credit Union, Horsley said. Donations can be made at any America First branch and will be used to offset funeral and medical costs.
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