An account at the internet “Go Fund Me” fundraiser website has been set up to assist the family of 18 year old Makala Osborn, who died in a single car accident on Canal Creek Road Saturday, about 7 miles east of Waldport. If you’d like to donate to the fund, simply click here. Donations may also be dropped off at The Flounder in Waldport at 180 SW 101. Donations are also being accepted at Grand Central Pizza at 245 SW 101, Waldport. Also at Umpqua Bank at 355 N. Alder under the account name “Makala Osborn Fund.”
Makala was described as a bubbly and very loving young woman who was very close to her family and was well liked as well as respected for her athletic abilities at Waldport High School.
Also killed this weekend in an auto accident was 18 year old Cayden Fitch, son of Oregon State Trooper Bryan Fitch.
Both were westbound on Highway 22 returning home from Salem when Cayden went out to pass a vehicle in front of him and hit an oncoming SUV head on. Cayden was killed and his father terribly injured. The male driver in the other vehicle was also killed and his passenger badly injured.
Trooper Fitch is expected to live but faces a very long recovery period.
Meanwhile, Lincoln County School officials have mobilized a large student counseling intervention team to help friends of both Makala Osborn and Cayden Fitch express and work through their grief. School Superintdent Tom Rinearson issued this statement Sunday:
When students and staff at Taft High and Waldport High return to school on Monday, crisis response teams will be in place to help them through the process of grieving for the loss of two students over the weekend.
Cayden Fitch, a senior at Taft High in Lincoln City, and Makala Osborn, a senior at Waldport High, were killed in two separate auto accidents over the weekend.
“Our school community is grieving at this unspeakable loss of two bright young people,” said Superintendent Tom Rinearson. “Cayden was an Eagle Scout preparing to entering military service after graduation. Makala was an accomplished student athlete who was preparing herself for college.”
Using the crisis response process, a care room will be established help support students at each school. Additional people will be available to help support the staff. The crisis response team will remain at each school as needed to help the school community heal.
“This is a time for all of us to join together to support each other,” Rinearson said.