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Aloha teen killed in crash

Car broke through fences into a house


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A 1994 Toyota Tercel traveling south on Southwest 185th Avenue left the roadway, struck a pedestrian and crashed into a nearby house.A 17-year-old Health and Science School student was killed Tuesday afternoon when a vehicle left the roadway and struck him as he was walking home after school on a sidewalk along Southwest 185th Avenue in Aloha.

Maxwell McGregor of Aloha was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, Michelle Young, 41, of Aloha, was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a pedestrian struck near the intersection of 185th and Sandra Lane at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. They found a 1994 Toyota Tercel driven by Young crashed into a nearby house, and determined Young was traveling south on Southwest 185th Avenue when her vehicle left the roadway. The vehicle careened onto the sidewalk on the west side of 185th Avenue, striking McGregor, who was walking north when he was hit, said Sgt. Bob Ray, sheriff’s office spokesman.

“He was walking home from school. The bus dropped him off (on 185th), and he walked a short distance,” he said.

The vehicle continued through two yards and fences before coming to rest against a house, which sustained damage to the garage and entryway. Two people inside the house when the crash occurred were not injured.

Young was transported to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center with minor injuries.

Investigators are awaiting toxicology reports and interviewing witnesses to determine why Young’s car left the roadway, Ray said, noting there is a possibility the driver experienced a medical emergency.

Young has an arrest record in Washington County. Court records show she pleaded guilty to second-degree theft at a Walgreens store in November of 2008, according to reports from KOIN-TV news, a Times newspapers media partner. In April of 2011, she pleaded no contest to a count of driving under the influence of intoxicants. The charge was expunged from her record in May after she completed a diversion program, Ray told KOIN.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to complete the investigation. Southwest 185th Avenue was partially closed to traffic until around 8:30 p.m., Ray said.

The completed investigation will go to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office for review.

McGregor was a junior at the Health and Science School on Northwest Walker Road and 185th Avenue. He had attended the option school since ninth grade and turned his academic attention to engineering, said Maureen Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Beaverton School District. A tragedy response team was assembled at the school on Wednesday, with a support room available for students and staff to take an emotional break during the day.

“We extend our very deepest sympathy to the family and certainly to (Maxwell’s) close friends,” Wheeler said. “This is a very difficult loss.”

Plans for a memorial service at the school had not been set by Wednesday afternoon.



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