Teen pedestrian killed in Aloha crash

Teen pedestrian killed in Aloha crash


by KGW.com Staff


Posted on September 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:32 AM

ALOHA, Ore. – A high school junior walking home from school on an Aloha sidewalk died after being hit by a car Tuesday afternoon.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department says 17-year-old Maxwell McGregor (pictured) was heading north on the west side of SW 185th Avenue when a car left the road, and hit him. 

Then, the car struck a house. it happened around 2:30 p.m.

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue paramedics tried to revive McGregor, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Family members told KGW that Max was the youngest of three brothers.

He was a student at Health and Science School and had a special interest in engineering. A school district tragedy response team will be available to students and staff at the school on Wednesday, according to Beaverton School District spokeswoman Maureen Wheeler.

Driver may have been suffering a seizure

Deputies say the car was driven by 41-year-old Michelle Young of Aloha. After hitting the teen, the 1994 Toyota Tercel went through two yards and two fences before coming to rest against Abbott's home near SW 185th Avenue and Sandra Lane.

"I was inside, on the phone with my friend, and I heard all the crashing," said Sandie Abbott , the homeowner.

Young's mother, Irene later told KGW that Michelle had been at the hospital before the crash, getting treated for seizures.

The homeowner also said she noticed signs of a seizure.

"We went out immediately and I knew she was seizing because I've had seizures in the past," said Abbott.

Young was taken to the hospital after the crash with what deputies described as minor injuries.

"I'm thinking about the parents of that 17-year-old," said Irene Young.  "Their hearts won't heal, Michelle will heal, but theirs won't."

Because this was a fatal crash, KGW researched Young's driving record and found out that she had been arrested for DUII in March of 2011. She pleaded no contest in that case and the charge was dismissed after she went through a diversion program.

Washington County investigators have not yet determined what factors led to the fatal accident. Their findings will be sent to the Washington County District Attorney's office for review.