FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Fellow classmates and faculty at Pacific University are grieving the loss of two students killed in a crash Monday morning.
Driver Kiden Dilla, 18 (pictured, right), and passenger Ayan Osman, 19, pulled onto Highway 47 at Verboort Road, into the path of an oncoming box truck whose driver was unable to stop and crashed into their vehicle. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The women were both first-year students at Pacific U., said spokesman Joe Lang.
“18 and 19 years old, just embarking on their adulthood. It’s very tragic,” Lang said. “They were very active members of the university community and very passionate about doing things that were really going to contribute to the global society.”
Grief counselors were on campus Tuesday, helping students cope with the loss.
Dilla and Osman were very involved in the Black Student Union. An administrator released the following statement on the the group's Facebook page:
It saddens me that we lost two of the greatest dedicated members of the BSU today. Kiden Dilla and Ayan Osman have been a part of the BSU since day one, and have put in major effort to keep this club alive and striving into the strong union that it is today. We Love you and miss you very much. You guys will always be a part of our hearts.
A memorial had not yet been planned.
The driver of the truck was not injured, said Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Bob Ray. There were 27 crashes at the same intersection between January, 2008 and July, 2013.