Crash kills West Linn HS graduate; student dies from injuries Monday night
CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A 17-year-old West Linn High School student who was critically injured in a crash on Sunday died late Monday night.
An 18-year-old West Linn High School graduate died after their car crashed into a power pole in Clackamas County Sunday afternoon.
Hayden James Soyk, 18, died at the scene. Soyk's girlfriend, Madison Higgins, 17, was a passenger in the car. She was taken to the hospital but, according to her family, had no hope of surviving her injuries. She died Monday night.
"Maddie, as nearly all her loved ones call her, is currently non-responsive in the pediatric intensive care unit here at Legacy Emanuel," said her uncle Troy Lown during a brief statement to reporters outside Legacy Emanuel Medical Center late Monday night. "We are saddened to inform you that Maddie has zero chance of recovery. She is currently being kept alive by machines. In accordance to Maddie's wishes, her family has started the process of organ donation."
Lown said information about memorial plans will be announced later.
Firefighters worked for hours to get the two out of the car after the crash, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said. Witnesses called 911 to report the vehicle was sheared in half when it hit the power pole.
The crash happened on Southwest Petes Mountain Road north of Southwest Hoffman Road just after 5:15 p.m. Sunday.
Firefighters were able to get Soyk and Higgins out with the assistance of crews from Wilsonville and West Linn. Petes Mountain Road was closed for around six hours as firefighters worked to clear the road.
The sheriff's office said witness statements and evidence at the scene indicated that excessive speed was the main factor in the crash.
West Linn High School Principal Lou Bailey said the district had several "safe rooms" to support students and staff at school on Monday.
Soyk graduated from West Linn High School in 2013, Bailey said in a statement. Higgins was a junior at the school. She was also a member of the Varsity softball team.
Two candle-light vigils were held for the couple in West Linn on Monday night.
Hundreds of people showed up first to the football field at West Linn High School. People prayed, hugged, and held a moment of silence for Higgins, Soyk, and their families.
A couple of hours later, after news about Higgins's condition spread through the city, hundreds of people showed up at Island Sam's Pizza, where Soyk worked. They stood in the parking lot, most of them teenagers who were crying or hugging their friends, shocked about the news.
Volunteer grief counselors were on hand to help anyone who needed to talk or process their grief.
And, on Twitter the hashtag "prayformaddi" has been replaced with "RIPMaddi". Hundreds of people, everyone from students at West Linn High School, to parents and students across the Portland Metro Area, are using those hashtags, along with "prayforwestlinn" and "RIPHayden" to send condolences.
Extra counselors are expected to be on hand at West Linn High School on Tuesday.