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Teen Dies In Vehicle Crash In Eugene Monday

Rachael McDonald

A 17 year-old South Eugene High School student died in a car crash in Eugene Monday, according to police. He was driving and hit a tree near East 23rd and Patterson Street. He's been identifed as Connor Truax by SEHS Principal Carey Killen. 

Killen described Truax as a talented singer and musician who was involved in Taekwondo.

The four passengers, aged 15 to 18 were injured and taken to a local hospital.

Eugene Police say speed and impairment by inhalants are likely contributing factors to the crash. An investigation is ongoing.  

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.