Cascade HS grad dies days after 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)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Lindsey Magnusson, who graduated from Cascade High School and was critically injured in a car crash two days later, died Thursday morning. She was 18.

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)

On June 5, she graduated from the Turner school. Two mornings later, she dropped her brother off at the school and was leaving the school parking lot around 8 a.m. when she was broadsided on the driver’s side by a pick-up truck.

Deputies said she was facing east at the time of the crash, looking into the rising sun.

Thursday morning, her injuries overtook her.

Community members held out hope the popular teen would pull through.

“It breaks my heart,” said Amy Laney, who goes to the same church as the Magnussons. “My daughter is almost 18. My oldest daughter is Lindsey’s age, so I can’t imagine what her mom is going through right now.”

Laney’s daughter, Emily, considered Lindsey one of her best friends.

“It sucks to have a best friend pass away from a serious car accident,” she said.

Her organs will be donated to honor a gift her younger brother once received.

“It’s a wonderful gift that’s true to Lindsey,” Laney said. “She helped everyone around her and as her final wish she helped people in her final hours.”

A car wash organized by the community to help pay for Lindsey’s medical expenses will take place at Melow Tire and Auto in Turner on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the second tragedy to hit this community in the past two years. In 2011, a father and daughter — who also attended Cascade High — died in a car crash.

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