Cascade HS grad still critical after school crash

Lindsey Magnusson in an undated, courtesy photo. On June 5, she graduated from Cascade High School and was seriously injured in a crash on June 7, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)
Lindsey Magnusson in an undated photo from her Facebook page. On June 5, she graduated from Cascade High School and was seriously injured in a crash on June 7, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

TURNER, Ore. (KOIN) — An 18-year-old who graduated from Cascade High School Wednesday night was critically injured in a crash after she dropped her brother off at the school Friday morning.

She remained in critical condition Sunday.

Cascade High School graduate Lindsey Magnusson was seriously injured in this Marion County crash, June 7, 2013 (Courtesy: Marion County Sheriff's Office)
Cascade High School graduate Lindsey Magnusson was seriously injured in this Marion County crash, June 7, 2013 (Courtesy: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Lindsey Magnusson was leaving the school parking lot around 8 a.m. when she was broadsided on the driver’s side by a pick-up truck, Marion County deputies said in a release.

The teen from Aumsville had just dropped her younger brother off for classes. As she left the lot, she was hit. Deputies said she was facing east at the time of the crash, looking into the rising sun.

Cascade High School graduate Lindsey Magnusson was seriously injured in this Marion County crash, June 7, 2013 (Courtesy: Marion County Sheriff's Office)
Cascade High School graduate Lindsey Magnusson was seriously injured in this Marion County crash, June 7, 2013 (Courtesy: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Magnusson was alone in the car at the time and was wearing her seat belt. She was taken to Salem Hospital, and her injuries were described as life-threatening by deputies.

The driver of the pickup truck, Audrey Briggs, 31, was also taken to Salem Hospital. Her injuries are not believed to be serious. Two young passengers in the rear seat of the truck were not hurt.

Word of the crash spread quickly in the school.

“One of my cheerleaders came and got me and said, ‘Coach, there was an accident and it’s Lindsey,” said Kathleen Johnson. “You name it, this child was good at it.”

Johnson said Magnusson was a team player and a soccer player, singer, dancer and writer and had plans to go on a mission trip, then to college.

“I would characterize it as a shock,” Superintendent Darin Drill said. “You talk to your kids about how important life is and then something like this happens.”

He said the school counselors have been busy all day.

Her family is well known in the area, and her mother works at Turner Elementary next door to the high school.

Her family, in a statement, said, “We want to thank our family and friends for their outpouring of support for our daughter Lindsey after the wreck today that left her injured. We don’t know what the next few days will bring, but we appreciate everyone’s love and support. We know that Lindsey would want your thoughts and prayers.”

“I just love her and the school loves her and the teachers and the administration. Everybody is pulling for this little girl,” said cheerleading coach Johnson. “I need to suck it up and pull through this.”

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