‘Normal day’ turns to tragedy for Falls City family

Jeremy King, 29, and Bryan Ogden-Scott, 3, died from their injuries

Bryan Ogden Scott was 3 when he died from a car crash on July 4, 2017. (Undated photo from GoFundMe page)
Bryan Ogden Scott was 3 when he died from a car crash on July 4, 2017. (Undated photo from GoFundMe page)

FALLS CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — July 3 “was just going to be a normal regular day,” said Star Nelson. But that day a 3-car crash in McMinnville claimed the lives of her 3-year-old brother, Bryan, and his stepdad, Jeremy King.

Just recently, King and Bryan’s mom, Billie, were married. Star Nelson said Billie was headed to work that day, driving a Pontiac with Jeremy in the passenger seat and two children in the back. Billie slowed or stopped to turn left on Hwy 99W and was hit from behind by a pickup truck. An oncoming SUV hit their Pontiac as the pickup truck lost its trailer, went off the road and into a nearby home.

Jeremy King and his stepson, Bryan Ogden Scott. King, 29, and Bryan, 3 died following a car crash on July 3, 2017. (Undated photo from GoFundMe page)
Jeremy King and his stepson, Bryan Ogden Scott. King, 29, and Bryan, 3 died following a car crash on July 3, 2017. (Undated photo from GoFundMe page)

King, 29, died at the scene.

“Whenever you were ever in need and you just needed somebody to talk to or a big hug, he was the one you went to,” she told KOIN 6 News. King was a Marine, the father to a 10-year-old son.

“Jeremy,” she said, “was a rock star.”

Bryan was airlifted but died the next day at a Portland hospital.

Billie King holds her son Bryan in an undated courtesy photo. Bryan Ogden Scott was 3 when he died from a car crash on July 4, 2017
Billie King holds her son Bryan in an undated courtesy photo. Bryan Ogden Scott was 3 when he died from a car crash on July 4, 2017

Bryan loved water, monster trucks, his puppy and dinosaurs, she said.

“There wasn’t a person who could walk by him and not smile. He was the light in everybody’s life,” Nelson said. “He loved to give hugs. He was always smiling.”

“It doesn’t seem real until you wake up and think about it, think about family plans that we had,” Nelson said Tuesday. “In a heart beat, nothing’s the same. There’s not a single thing in my life that’s the same, in my family’s life and anybody’s.”

She said life has been very difficult in the past week.

“It’s hard to get up. It’s hard to eat. It’s hard to think about what I have to do. Laundry. Everything is difficult. Life’s not the same. Bryan was part of all of it.”

Two people died in a 3-car crash on Hwy 99W near McMinnville, July 3, 2017. (KOIN)

Star Nelson said she wants drivers to remember their responsibility when they’re behind the wheel.

“Just pay attention, you need to pay attention,” she said. “It’s not only your life and your vehicle that you are responsible for when you’re out there, it’s everybody. Everybody needs to pay attention because it just takes looking away for one second and there’s an accident. It happens quick.”

She also wants people to do something in Bryan’s memory.

“Hug your kids every day. No parent wants to think about losing their child, but it only takes a second and they could be gone.”

Fundraising efforts are underway to help Bryan and Jeremy’s loved ones left behind.

Bryan’s memorial fund
King family memorial fund

Bryan Ogden Scott was 3 when he died from a car crash on July 4, 2017. (Undated photo from GoFundMe page)
Bryan Ogden Scott was 3 when he died from a car crash on July 4, 2017. (Undated photo from GoFundMe page)