Community members pay tribute to teen killed in crash

Asahel Romero, one of Milessi's close friends described her life as positive and impactful.

Posted: Apr 2, 2018 6:02 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2018 6:18 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Police have identified the driver of the fatal crash that happened Saturday, as 17-year-old Khora Ellen Milessi. 

The crash happened on Chambers St. in Eugene Saturday morning. Community members have set up a memorial for Milessi at the site of the crash. People have brought stuffed animals, flowers and photos of Milessi to pay their respects. 

Police said Milessi was driving when she crossed the center lane, hit a tree and was thrown from her vehicle. She was taken to the hospital where she later died. Officers said she was the only person in the car at the time of the accident.


One of her close friends, Asahel Romero, went to the memorial Monday and said he was devastated by the news. Romero said he and Milessi have been friends most of their lives and said her death still doesn't feel real. 

"She was a great person, she was happy, always positive, she always knew what to say, she was always there for you when you needed somebody," Romero said. "For her to be gone, it's just,  heartbroken." 

Erik Vincent works near where it happened. He said he and some others hear a loud noise and realized there had been a crash. 
Vincent said he saw the mangled car and Milessi laying on the ground after she was thrown out of the vehicle. He said they jumped over the fence to get to Milessi and tried to help her.

"I was shocked, I was sad, heartbreaking," Vincent said. "To see someone laying down there like that, that's it, it just kind of follows you for a while."

Milessi went to South Eugene High School. Romero said she played basketball, loved traveling and was adventurous. He said Milessi loved life and would want her friends to be happy. Romero said they just want to show their love for her. 

4J school district officials said there will be counseling available to students at South Eugene High School. 

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