Teens recover after being hit by truck

Posted: Monday, May 29, 2006

Koren Bosworth said she always told her daughter to be especially careful walking home at night. But it was a bright Saturday afternoon when her daughter and two friends were hit while walking on a sidewalk.

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"It was by far the worst moment of my life, crawling into the back of that ambulance," she said, recalling the May 13 accident on Willoughby Avenue.

"Actually, I'm pretty good," said 15-year-old Adrienne Bosworth, the only victim who agreed to talk about what happened. "I don't have a big scar in the middle of my forehead. I felt nasty for a week."

Bosworth, interviewed two weeks after the accident, said the boys are also recovering.

She said she missed a week at Juneau-Douglas High School - "the week before finals," which didn't help her at school.

"For a week I looked like I'd been run over by a truck," she added with an ironic smile.

The driver, 25-year-old Gregory Osborne II, remains at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center as of Sunday. He faces a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. A grand jury indicted him on three felony counts of third-degree assault. He also was charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment, alleging he put at risk the passenger in the truck he was driving.

According to court records, Osborne told police the truck had a problem with the throttle sticking. Later, on a breathalizer machine at the police station, officers measured his blood-alcohol level at .159 percent - nearly twice the .08 percent where a driver is presumed intoxicated.

Osborne's next court date is scheduled for Tuesday. Assistant District Attorney Doug Gardner has filed notice he wants to have Osborne's $5,000 bail increased and require someone to agree to watch him as an additional condition of his release.

The accident occurred at an insurance building, where the next Saturday there would be an event promoting children's safety.

From a corner of her home uphill from the high school, Adrienne said the possibility was far from her mind.

"It's something you hear about on the radio," she said. "And you think they must have been doing something wrong, like running into the street when you're not supposed to. I've walked that sidewalk millions of times."

She was working on a geometry project at the high school and meeting her mother at the Alaska State Museum, she recalled. It was a beautiful day and she wanted to walk.

After they crossed the Gold Creek Bridge, the three of them were hit - "from behind," she said. "I remember opening my eyes and seeing a lot of blood everywhere."

She recalls being stuck under the truck and one of the boys on the ground about 15 feet from where he was hit - not knowing if he was alive. She also remembers shrieking.

"I sounded really stupid," she said. One of the boys came over and picked her up. "He was really upset."

Her father, Rob Bosworth, arrived at the scene from home a while emergency medical technicians attended her. Her mother said she came around the corner, wondered what was going on and knew there was a problem when she saw the family car parked nearby.

Adrienne said she was sorry she put her family through that. "My parents were maybe even more traumatized than me.

"It was more embarrassing going back to school than I thought it would be," she said. "People stare at you. But is there a better excuse for looking terrible?"

Other students and the teachers were supportive of her, she said. At home, people sent her lots of flowers, brought food and left when she needed them to, she said. It has made her appreciate the friends she has and has created a special bond with the friends she was walking with.

Adrienne said she knows it easily could have been much worse. "All the factors were there for a terrible accident with three kids getting killed," she said.

But she said she isn't going to let it change her life. Already she has been in several plays locally, including Perseverance Theater's production of "The Crucible" earlier this year. She also plays the violin and dances.

"I'm 15," she said. "I have things to do."

• Tony Carroll can be reached at tony.carroll@juneauempire.com.

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