ALOHA, Ore. – Family and friends are talking about the Aloha student killed in a crash as he walked home from school Tuesday, and a memorial fund has been set up in his honor.
His family said McGregor was on his way home from school and had stepped off a TriMet bus and onto a sidewalk when he was hit. He was about a block from home.
McGregor was a junior at Beaverton’s Health and Science School, where grief counselors were on hand for students and staff after news of his death.
He was described as a nice young man who hoped to become an engineer. Those close to the family said Wednesday they still can’t believe he’s gone.
“It’s not reality yet,” said family friend Dillon Prickett. “And the hardest part is seeing Peggy (McGregor’s mother). Seeing her break down…that was hard to do.”
Deputies say 41-year-old Michelle Young was driving south on Southwest 185th Avenue when her car left the roadway, hopped the curb and struck 17-year-old Max McGregor. Young’s car crashed through two fences, before coming to a rest against a nearby house. McGregor was pronounced dead at the scene.
His family has set up the Max McGregor Memorial Fund to help with funeral expenses. Donations can be made at any U.S. Bank branch.
The driver’s mother told KGW that Young suffered a seizure while driving and it caused her to lose control. She said her daughter had also suffered a seizure earlier in the day and was treated and released from the hospital.
The cause of the crash was being investigated.
Background: Teen pedestrian killed in Aloha crash