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Story by Noelle Crombie | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Published on Tuesday March 9, 2021 - 12:06 AM

A 9-year-old girl fatally struck by a car Saturday in Gresham was remembered Monday as a devoted big sister who loved ballet and was looking forward to Easter.

The girl, identified by her aunt as Baylei Martin-Read of Gresham, attended third grade, said Tasha Gray of Vancouver.

Gresham police responded to Northwest Eastman Parkway and Northwest Third Street after a 5:48 p.m. call Saturday reporting pedestrians hit by a car on the sidewalk.

Police have not released any information about the circumstances of the crash.

The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators, police said. Police have not said whether the driver faces charges.

Baylei died at the scene, according to police. Her sister, Maggie, 2, was seriously injured but is recovering, Gray said. So, too, is the girls' mother, Victoria Martin-Read.

In a message posted to a Gofundme account established for the family, Martin-Read wrote that she hoped her younger daughter will be able to go home soon. "She is already asking where her sissy is and is not understanding that she is gone due to the fact she is only 2," she wrote.

In a message to The Oregonian/OregonLive Monday morning, Gray said Baylei was a beloved girl with "a heart of gold."

"She was such a bright light, always smiling and almost skipping everywhere she went," she said.

For Easter, her family planned to surprise her with a new ballet outfit, tights and shoes.

"She loved her mother and her family," Gray said. Baylei always made "sure to give them hugs whenever she saw them."

-- Noelle Crombie; [email protected]; 503-276-7184; @noellecrombie