Driver with seizure pleads guilty in teen death

Michelle Young, who had a seizure while driving and killed Max McGregor in 2012, was sentenced to prison on May 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Michelle Young, who had a seizure while driving and killed Max McGregor in 2012, was sentenced to prison on May 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman who struck and killed a teenager last year in Aloha after suffering a seizure while driving entered a guilty plea to criminally negligent homicide.

Michelle Young, 41, of Aloha appeared in Washington County Court Friday afternoon, where she was sentenced to 19 months in jail, with credit for time served. Her driver’s license was also suspended for life.

Forty-one-year-old Michelle Young of Aloha struck and killed a 17-year-old boy on Sept. 11, 2013, in Aloha, Ore., after reportedly suffering a seizure. After hitting the victim on Southwest 185th Avenue, the car crashed into a nearby house. (Beaverton Valley Times)
Forty-one-year-old Michelle Young of Aloha struck and killed a 17-year-old boy on Sept. 11, 2013, in Aloha, Ore., after reportedly suffering a seizure. After hitting the victim on Southwest 185th Avenue, the car crashed into a nearby house. (Beaverton Valley Times)

On the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2012, Young struck and killed Maxwell McGregor, 17, of Aloha as he walked along a sidewalk on Southwest 185th Avenue. On Dec. 11, 2012, a grand jury indicted her on a count of second-degree manslaughter in McGregor’s death.

Twice before that day, she was told not to take Wellbutrin, an anti-depressant she was taking for anxiety, because it caused her to have seizures. On the day of the crash, she took Wellbutrin, went to the hospital and was told not to take it again.

She took a taxi home, but about two hours after being released from the hospital she drove her boyfriend to his DUII diversion class.

While driving, she suffered a second seizure and lost control of her 1994 Toyota Tercel. She drove up on a sidewalk and struck McGregor, then drove through two yards and fences, before crashing into the side of a house, damaging its garage and entryway.

Peggy McGregor, the mother of Max McGregor, spoke at the sentencing of Michelle Young, who had a seizure while driving and kiled Max in 2012. (May 10, 2013, KOIN 6 News)
Peggy McGregor, the mother of Max McGregor, spoke at the sentencing of Michelle Young, who had a seizure while driving and kiled Max in 2012. (May 10, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

McGregor died at the scene.Two people inside the home at the time of the crash were not hurt.

Young sustained minor injuries in the crash.

It was most important to McGregor’s family that Young never drive again.

“I absolutely believe that where ever he is, he’s OK.But we’re not. And I don’t know how to make us OK,” his mother, Peggy McGregor, said in court. “The only thing I know how to do is to try and make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”

McGregor faced Young at the sentencing and heard Young say, “Not a day goes by that I have not felt remorse.”

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