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Teen killed in crash was student at Willamette Leadership Academy

Aidan O'Grady, 18, played three seasons for North Eugene High School's football team.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 4:35 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2019 6:28 PM

GOSHEN, Ore. -- The teenager killed in a crash south of Eugene Tuesday night was a student at Willamette Leadership Academy, school officials confirmed.

Aidan O'Grady, 18, also played football at North Eugene High School for three seasons.

"Nobody deserves for that to happen, especially when they're 18 years old, it's their last year of high school, like he could have gone somewhere, and it just ended," Melia Yoshioka-Niau, a freshman at North Eugene, said. 

The driver of the Jeep was a 17-year-old male from Creswell whose name was not released. Troopers say he was treated and released at a local hospital, and the investigation is still ongoing. 

The crash happened a little before 4 p.m. in the area of Highway 58 and Interstate 5. Investigators say the driver of a Grand Cherokee was travelling east bound on Highway 58 and made a left turn, failing to yield to a semi-truck travelling the opposite direction.

"He was probably the best kicker I've ever seen. He was just a really great guy and really good at football," Tristen Boyle, a football player at North Eugene High School, said.

The semi-truck T-boned the Jeep and caused it to flip into the shoulder of the highway. The driver of the truck, who was from Chicago, was not injured and stayed on the scene to provide details to police.

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