Mother of boy killed on sidewalk: 'My head is still spinning'

Mother of boy killed on sidewalk: 'My head is still spinning'

ALOHA, Ore. – A woman drove her car onto the sidewalk, striking and killing a 17-year-old boy in Aloha on Tuesday afternoon, according to a Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue spokeswoman.

Karen Eubanks with TVF&R said the driver continued driving for about 60-70 yards before running into a fence and a house.

Paramedics said they tried to save the boy -- later identified as Maxwell McGregor -- but he died at the scene, a block from his front door on the sidewalk.

Police said McGregor was walking north on the west side of the road when he was hit.

Maureen Wheeler of the Beaverton School District said McGregor was an 11th grade student at Health and Science School, a grades 6-12 option school in the district. School district officials will have a tragedy response team in place Wednesday morning to help students and staff.

“I want everyone to know Max was an excellent student,” said Peggy McGregor, the mother of Maxwell. “My head is still spinning.”

Peggy McGregor said her son wanted to work in aviation engineering. She wanted her son to be remembered as someone who never gave her any problems.

Sandie Abbott said she was inside her house when she heard the loud crash. She ran outside and saw the car that had crashed into her porch.

Abbott said the driver, a middle-aged woman, was having a seizure. She tried to comfort the woman for about five minutes until the seizure ended.

"We went out immediately and I knew she was seizing because I've had seizures in the past," Abbott said. "I went up to the car and she was still pushing on the gas. I reached over her and turned the key off. I kept patting her arm, telling her it's going to be alright, what's your name ... stuff like that. Finally, about five minutes later, she came out of it."

The two women talked for about 10 minutes, waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

"She didn't really know what happened," Abbott said. "I didn't want to tell her."

The crash happened on 185th Avenue near Johnson Street around 2:30 p.m., according to Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Ray.

Paramedics also treated the driver. Investigators have yet to officially determine the reason why the driver's vehicle left the road. The completed investigation will be forwarded to the Washington County District Attorney's Office for review, police said.

Traffic was completely stopped at the intersection as deputies investigated the crash.