Driver in Molalla crash taken off life support


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 18-year-old driver in a crash that killed his passenger was taken off life support Saturday, according to a GoFundMe page shared by the football program at Southridge High School.

His family said Tyler Bracken will live on as an organ donor.

Bracken was driving a Saturn Ion when he tried to pass several cars on a blind corner on Hwy 211 near South Macksburg Road near Molalla around 3:30 p.m. Friday, the Oregon State Police said.

When Bracken saw a Ford F250 pickup approaching in the oncoming lane, he veered to the right, applied the brake, overcorrected and lost control. The Saturn went into a soft shoulder and started to slide across both lanes, troopers said. It was hit by the Ford.

Bracken’s passenger, 18-year-old Eric Santos of Beaverton, died at the scene. Bracken was airlifted with life-threatening injuries.

According to the GoFundMe page, the trauma and swelling in his brain is too severe to overcome.

Southridge High School will have a team of counselors at the school Monday. Bracken recently graduated from the school.

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