Prison for driver who hit and killed teen in Hillsboro

Prison for driver who hit and killed teen in Hillsboro

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by Pat Dooris, KGW Reporter

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Posted on May 10, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 6:59 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- In Hillsboro on Friday, a mother’s anguish spilled into court as she described the death of her 17-year-old son, Max McGregor.

He was hit and killed by a woman who’d been warned not to drive on September 11, 2011 on SW 185th. The car veered onto the sidewalk two doors from Max’s home.

Michelle Young admitted she was behind the wheel and suffered a seizure.

Judge Gayle Nachtigal went along with a plea agreement and sentenced Young to 19 months in prison with credit for time already served. The judge also revoked Young’s license for life.

In court, Peggy McGregor, Max’s mom begged the judge to take away Young’s driver’s license for life.

“Please don’t let her drive. Please don’t let this happen to somebody else’s kid,” said Peggy McGregor.

Prosecutor Bracken McKey said in the past, Young had taken an anti-anxiety drug that gave her seizures. She switched to a new drug, but on the day of the crash she’d run out and went back to the old drug. McKey said it gave her another seizure and she was rushed to the hospital.

As she was discharged around noon on the day of the crash, doctors warned her not to drive. But the prosecutor said she ignored that. She took a cab home then got in her car to give her boyfriend a ride to his drunk driving diversion class. That’s when she suffered yet another seizure and hit and killed Max McGregor.

His mother still struggles with her grief.

“I have been torn kicking and screaming out of my happy little bubble that said I could protect them. Did all the right things. And none of it mattered,” she said in court with tears streaming down her cheeks.

Peggy McGregor remembered her son as funny and not perfect and big. He had Aspergers, part of the autism spectrum, stood six-foot six and weighed 300-pounds. 

On the eve of Mother’s Day Weekend, she finds it hard to function with the loss of her son.

“The hardest thing for me to deal with, is I actually have more money now because I’m not buying shoes every six weeks because he’s out growing them and I’m not having to feed a growing boy. I don’t know how to go grocery shopping any more. I just stand in the aisle and stare at things and can’t figure out what to do. Because I don’t know,” she said.

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