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Pacific community reeling after crash kills students

Young driver previously attended Beaverton schools


by: COURTESY PHOTO: PACIFIC UNIVERSITY BLACK STUDENT UNION - Crash victims Kiden Dilla (left) and Ayan Osman posed for this photo with five other Black Student Union members at Pacific University. Dilla previously attended Stoller Middle School and the International School of Beaverton.Two Pacific University freshmen died Monday morning in a crash where Highway 47 intersects with Northwest Verboort Road.

“I am deeply saddened to report the tragic loss of two of our undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences earlier today,” Pacific President Lesley Hallick wrote in a statement late that evening.

Kiden Esther Dilla, 18, and Ayan Mohamed Osman, 19, were traveling to Pacific together from their Northwest Portland homes when their 2002 Hyundai pulled out directly in front of a Fisher Farms box truck traveling north on Highway 47 at roughly 50 miles per hour. They appear to have died instantly, according to emergency responders who found both dead at the scene.by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JILL REHKOPF SMITH - Driver Cory Jensen slammed on the brakes when a four-door Hyundai pulled in front of his Fisher Farms truck, causing it to skid until it finally came to a stop broadside across Highway 47, with the crumpled car behind it.

According to Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings, Dilla had been westbound on Verboort Road and was waiting at the stop sign when she inexplicably pulled onto the highway just a few feet in front of the 32,000-pound truck, driven by Cory Jordan, 44, of Gaston. Jordan was not physically hurt.

According to Hastings, the pattern of skid marks on the asphalt indicates Jordan had no time to brake before Dilla pulled in front of him. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.

Dilla is a former Beaverton student who attended both Stoller Middle School and the International School of Beaverton.

A post on the Facebook page of Pacific’s Black Student Union calls the teens “two of the greatest dedicated members of the BSU today” and credits them with a “major effort to keep this club alive and striving into the strong union that it is today. We love you and miss you very much. You guys will always be a part of our hearts.”

According to sources at Pacific, neither woman had declared a major, but both were interested in public health and biology.

Hallick’s statement noted that Osman has a sister who is a graduate student in Pacific’s College of Education.

Osman, who celebrated her birthday March 30, was described by friends on Facebook as beautiful, smart, charismatic and funny.

Dilla appears to be the daughter of Sam Dilla, who was active in the local community of refugees from South Sudan, where he himself had to hide in “the bush” as a child to escape violent attacks on his village.

One friend described Kiden on Facebook as “Fearless in anything you do, yet you hold a heart with pure kindness, a smile that is contagious and a mind of a genius.”