Students receive counseling after Aloha teen killed

Students receive counseling after Aloha teen killed
Max McGregor (Photo courtesy McGregor family)

ALOHA, Ore. – Counselors worked with students at a Beaverton high school after a student there died when he was hit by a car while walking down the sidewalk.

Max McGregor, 17, was killed on the sidewalk along 185th Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

McGregor was about a block from his home when a driver lost control of her car then hit McGregor and a nearby house, deputies said.

Friends and family described McGregor as a "phenomenal individual" and "excellent student."

On Wednesday, counselors were on hand to help students at the Health and Science School, a grades 6 through 12 option school that Max attended in the Beaverton School District.

Maureen Wheeler, a spokeswoman for the district, said counseling would be available to both students and staff.

“This is a very difficult time for both the students and staff. And their hearts are broken,” she said. “Time will heal and he will be remembered. And I know they will be thinking about how they will remember their classmate and their student.”

“They have a few extra counselors to help some of the kids that are taking it a little bit harder than most so I think our school’s handling it well,” senior Avery Jones said.

Senior Victoria Sanstrum said she found about McGregor’s death on Facebook.

“It made me realize that life is so fragile and you need to cherish the people around you and while they’re here,” she said. “I think a lot of people are just wishing that they got to know him while they had the time.”

Other students found out about the incident when they arrived on campus Wednesday.

“I don’t know what to say,” Jones added. “It just feels like it could happen to anyone. It’s just wild that it happened to him and it’s hard to understand how life works like that sometimes.”

The driver, 41-year-old Michelle Young, was hospitalized with leg injuries and was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday. Young’s mother said her daughter suffered a seizure and was very upset when she learned McGregor died in the crash.

Sandie Abbot, who heard a car crash into her home, said Young was having a seizure and had her foot on the gas when she went outside to see what had happened.

Young’s car left the roadway, hit McGregor and then crashed into a house, Karen Eubanks with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue said.

Young’s mother told KATU News that Michelle’s arrest on DUI charges last year ago did not involve alcohol and blamed her prescription medication she takes for anxiety and bipolar disorder.

Investigators are still examining the crash and have not released an official cause yet.