Teen saves friend from suspected drunken driver, gets hit instead
NEAR MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- A teenager saved the life of his friend when he pushed her to safety and was hit by a truck.
Kameron Howell-Meeker, 15, and Ellie Fielder, 17, were walking along River Road in Clackamas County Tuesday evening to meet friends when the truck swerved toward them.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested the driver, Corey Brownlee, for DUII and assault.
Kameron and Ellie met only a month ago at Rex Putnam High School, where they're both new students. Now, they have an unbreakable bond.
"I saw my life flash before my eyes," Ellie said. "He's my hero and my lifesaver because if it weren't for him, I would not be sitting here today."
Ellie described her horror as she watched her new friend tumble over the hood of the truck.
"He did like three cartwheels in the air and landed flat on his stomach and face and is covered in road rash," she said.
Kameron was just released from the hospital Thursday afternoon but will need more surgeries. He has a broken pelvis, several torn ligaments and a compressed spine. Doctors hope he'll be able to walk again in a month but say it could take a year.
When asked what he thinks about being called a hero, Kameron said, "I don't think I should be a hero. I just helped a friend in need."
He joked he's just excited to get some time off school and said he feels closer to Ellie.
"I'd be dead," she said. "He's going to be my best friend for the rest of my life."