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Mother recalls Kylie as a 'gentle soul'

Fifth-grader killed, Westview student injured in crashes


by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ -  Community members continue to add flowers and decorations to a memorial for Kylie Hornych in front of her home.Since they moved their family to a tan-colored house in the 5200 block of 160th Avenue last November, Kellie Hornych and her husband, Daniel, have been concerned about how fast cars, trucks and buses drive through the neighborhood.

“Everyone speeds through, even some of the school buses,” she said. “We actually did not let our children play in the front yard. We have a half-acre in the back yard, so there is no reason for them to play out front.”

Kylie Hornych was following her parents’ rule the carefree late afternoon of Thursday, April 4. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A memorial service for Kylie Hornych is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Westside Community Church.

She only traipsed through the yard to talk to her neighbors about the science fair project she would demonstrate that evening with her parents at Chehalem Elementary School, where she was a proud fifth-grader.

Kylie never made it.

Hearing a crash outside the house just before 5 p.m., Kellie and Daniel rushed out the door — and their lives were forever changed.

According to Sgt. Bob Ray, spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, a 2007 Toyota Prius driven by David Herman, 59, of Hillsboro, careened into the yard, and then into Kylie.

“I was screaming to call 911 and pleading with people to help and do CPR,” Kellie recalled. “I pulled Kylie’s legs out from under her, and she was not moving at all. It seemed like help took forever to get there. It seemed as if no one knew what to do, we were all in shock.”

As Daniel administered CPR to his daughter, neighbors and passersby did their best to offer assistance and comfort.

“People were saying different things, like don’t push so hard, and others were saying tip her head back while others said don’t move her,” Kellie said. “I was whisked away by a passerby who grabbed me in her arms and held me.

“She had me look away, but now I regret that I didn’t hold my baby in her last moments. I wish I would have done more. I will always be sorry I was not right by her side when she needed me most.”

Described by her mother as a “loving, sensitive little girl,” the 11-year-old Kylie died in the ambulance on the way to Oregon Health Science University Hospital.

Tragic coincidence

Learning that Herman, moments earlier had hit a 2010 Jeep Wrangler about three blocks away, deputies were called to the Hornych home near Southwest Farmington Road and 160th Avenue at 5:03 p.m. Witnesses said Herman continued driving at a high rate of speed after the first crash before his vehicle came to rest in the Hornych’s yard. The driver did not show any signs of alcohol impairment, but was taken to a hospital for further tests, Ray said, noting Herman, pending toxicology tests, was not immediately charged with a crime.

Hornych was one of two girls struck by two different vehicles on Southwest Farmington Road within an hour of each other.

Janae Doby, 17, who is enrolled in a GED program through Westview High School, was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after she was struck by a vehicle at Farmington and 185th Avenue in an apparent hit-and-run crash, Ray said.

Before the accident, witnesses said Bradley Gray’s car was “fish-tailing” and left the roadway, before striking Doby, who was on the sidewalk.

The Beaverton driver apparently tried to run from the scene, but two citizens caught and detained the 25-year-old until the deputies arrived a little after 4 p.m., finding Doby lying on the ground near the damaged BMW.

Gray was arrested on accusations of driving while intoxicated, felony hit and run, third-degree assault, reckless endangering and reckless driving. He was lodged in the Washington County Jail on $20,000 bail.

Twenty-five blocks away at the Hornych house, Kellie said she saw a very different kind of driver reaction.

“The driver just sat in his car,” she said. “He did not ask if (Kylie) was OK. He did nothing but sit there.”

Shattered peace

The afternoon leading up to Kylie’s death was a typically peaceful one for the Hornych family. Kylie’s sister, Kyrah, one of her three siblings, was engaged in homework in her room.

“Kylie came home from school and had dinner. She did her writing homework and read her father and I the story titled ‘Apple and the Ice Cream Three.’ We had a wonderful day with Kylie,” she said. “Everything was going great.”

The family was looking forward to attending the science fair at Chehalem Elementary. Kylie’s project focused on the freezing time of water.

“Kylie was excited about the science fair,” Kellie said. “She was proud of her project and the work she did. Kylie worked hard, freezing the water and checking on it constantly. Kylie always believed in doing her best at everything she did.”

A memorial fund for Kylie has been set up at US Bank locations, said Kellie, who called the sympathy and kind words from others since her daughter’s death “overwhelming.”

In addition to a private service, the family will hold a public memorial for Kylie on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Westside Community Church, 18390 S.W. Farmington Road.

Kellie said she and Daniel — who besides Kylie have two daughters, Kristina, 20, and Kyrah, 9, and a son, Daniel Jr., 14 — envision the memorial as a way to share their daughter’s loving and generous spirit with anyone who cares enough to attend.

“Kylie’s legacy will live on,” she said. “We hope everyone she has touched will come to celebrate the love she shared. And we also hope people will come to learn about who Kylie was and to feel the power of her gentle soul.”




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