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Driver who killed Aloha teen sentenced to prison, loses license

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A woman who had a seizure then drove onto a sidewalk and killed an Aloha teenager pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

A judge sentenced Michelle Young to 19 months in prison and permanently revoked her driver's license.

Max McGregor, 17, was on his way home from school and was hit around the corner from his home on Sept. 11. After striking the teenager, Young's car continued driving through a fence and crashed into a house.

Prosecutors made the decision to file charges against Young because she repeatedly ignored medical advice not to drive while taking the prescription medication Wellbutrin, said Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey.

McKey said Young took the medication, an antidepressant and had a seizure the morning of the crash. Young was discharged from Tuality Healthcare with instructions not to drive, he said. She took a cab home, but got behind the wheel later that day.

At Friday's sentencing hearing, McGregor's aunt said her family is experiencing immeasurable pain.

"We, as the family, have an opportunity to come and give an impact statement, which is impossible," said Laurie Fisher, "because there's no way to measure what this cost us."

Fisher and Peggy McGregor, Max McGregor's mother, described the 17-year-old as funny and thoughtful.

"Max didn't just do good things that came to him naturally - he looked for them," said Peggy McGregor.

She described struggling with her grief every day.

"I don't know how to go grocery shopping anymore. I stand in the aisle and just stare at things and can't figure out what I'm supposed to do," said Peggy McGregor. "Because I don't know how to not be a mom and there's nobody at my house and I don't know how to do this."

Young apologized in court, telling Max McGregor's family she was truly sorry.

"Not one day goes by that I haven't felt remorse," she said.

Peggy McGregor and Fisher said they were pleased the judge decided to revoke Young's driver's license. They also hope this crash will make others more careful while driving.

Young will get credit for the six months she's spent in jail. She can apply to have her driver's license reinstated in 10 years.

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