SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A girl who turned 17 last Saturday is dead after being struck by two cars while crossing Main Street near 51st Street in Springfield, Ore.
According to Springfield police, Sherry Varo was trying to cross Main Street around 9 p.m. Tuesday when she was struck by first a Subaru Outback, then a Nissan Stanza, both eastbound.
Varo died from her injuries at the scene. She was the sixth pedestrian killed on that stretch of road since 2002.
"She was my princess, my angel," Sherry's father, Carmelo Varo, told KVAL News. "Thanks to the Lord. Thanks to the Lord because he let me borrow this girl for 17 years. He decided to take her with him."
Varo said his daughter had just taken the bus home from work and was crossing the street to get home.
Sherry was very supportive of her family, her father said.
"When we come home from work, she already got dinner on the table for us, every single day," Varo said. "Sometimes she calls us to our cell phone, 'What you want for dinner?' Whatever you want to do, it's okay, so when we come home, dinner was ready on the table."
When Sherry was 10, she asked her father if she could have a quinceanera celebration on her 15th birthday.
"I said, of course, I've got the money and I will do it for you," Varo said. He told his daughter "you've got to work so hard in school, in home, that way you can get your party."
Family wants to bury girl in Mexico
The Varo Family is hoping to take Sherry back to Mexico, an enormous expense for the family. For those who would like to donate, there is a community account set up at Selco Credit Union in the name of Sherry Varo.
Police investigating crash; information forwarded to district attorney
Sandra Ratliff, 53, driver of the Subaru, and Derek Jones, 19, driver of the Nissan, were questioned by police shortly after the crash.
An investigation continues today by the Springfield Police Major Accident Investigation Team. Police said that alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.
Springfield police told KVAL News information has been forwarded to the Lane County District Attorney's Office for review.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
The DA has yet to review the case and could not comment on the case.