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Mother recalls Kylie Hornychs gentle soul

Fifth-grader killed, Westview student injured in two separate crashes


Since they moved their family to a tan house in the 5200 block of 160th Avenue in Aloha 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.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ -  Community members continue to add flowers and decorations to a memorial for Kylie Hornych in front of her home.

Kylie Hornych was following her parents’ rule on the afternoon of Thursday, April 4. 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 into Kylie.

“I was screaming to call 911 and pleading with people to help and do CPR,” Kellie recalled. “It seemed like help took forever to get there. It seemed as if no one knew what to do; we were all in shock.”by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A memorial service for Kylie Hornych is set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Westside Community Church.

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

“I was whisked away by a passer-by 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,” Kellie said. “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,” 11-year-old Kylie died in the ambulance on the way to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital.

Herman had collided with a 2010 Jeep Wrangler about three blocks away before striking Kylie, and 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.

Herman did not show any signs of alcohol impairment, but was taken to a hospital for further tests, Ray said. Pending toxicology tests, he 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 General Educational Development program through Westview High School, was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after she was struck by a vehicle at Farmington and 185th Avenue, Ray said. The driver, Bradley Gray, 25, of Beaverton, was arrested for DUII.

Shattered peace

The afternoon leading up to Kylie’s death was a typically peaceful one. The Hornych family was looking forward to attending the science fair. 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 U.S. 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 the family envisions the memorial as a way to share their daughter’s loving and generous spirit with anyone who would like to attend.



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