Family donates organs of West Linn teen killed in crash

Family donates organs of West Linn teen killed in crash

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Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 24 at 1:27 PM

WEST LINN, Ore. -- Madison Higgins, the West Linn teen critically injured in a Sunday crash, died late Monday night, according to a Legacy Emanuel official.

Her family said she had been non responsive, with zero chance of recovery and that an organ donation process had started.

Her uncle said that Maddi was a giver, and that's what she would have wanted.

Monday evening, hundreds of students gathered at two vigils to pray for their two friends involved in the deadly car wreck on Sunday.

The teens' car struck a power pole just after 5 p.m. Sunday along Southwest Petes Mountain Road north of Hoffman Road south of West Linn, police said.

Hayden Soyk, 18, and Madison "Maddi" Higgins, 17, were trapped inside the vehicle for two hours after it wrapped around the power pole, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.  Additional crews were sent to the scene, including a technical rescue team that cut the teens out of the car. 

"The vehicle was severely damaged. After crashing into the power pole, the vehicle was torn in two," said Sgt. Nathan Thompson with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Soyk, the driver, died at the scene, according to Thompson.  Higgins was flown in a LifeFlight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in critical condition, and passed away Monday night.

Photos: Crash scene south of West Linn

Soyk graduated from West Linn High School in 2013 and Higgins was just finishing up her junior year.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.  Witnesses told deputies that it looked like the car was speeding before it crashed.

West Linn Principal Lou Bailey said "safe rooms" had been set up at the high school, so students could get support from special crisis counselors, if needed. 

He added that some teachers may suspend regular classroom activities in order to allow students to talk about the tragedy as a group, but classes would otherwise go on as scheduled.

Two vigils Monday night vigils were held to support the teens' families. One was at West Linn High School and the other at Island Sams, where Soyk worked.

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