A 14-year-old Philomath girl who was hit by a car in an Oct. 17 incident at Philomath City Park is expected to make a full recovery, her mother said Thursday.
Megan McGaughy, a Philomath High School freshman, was walking in the parking lot with teammates and her father following a junior varsity girls soccer game when a Nissan Maxima driven by a 16-year-old girl came toward them. McGaughy was hit full on, went up on the hood, hit the windshield and fell to the pavement.
McGaughy was transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Corvallis and then to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with serious injuries. Teammate Malia Taufa'asau suffered minor injuries.
"She's doing amazingly well," Trina McGaughy said Thursday afternoon. "It was very scary initially but she's got a pretty good-sized skull fracture and just a bad concussion. The skull fracture is a closed fracture, so there was no medical intervention that she needed to do."
Unlike a compound fracture, a closed fracture means bones were broken but they were not exposed through the skin.
"It was very scary and thankfully, she's young and strong and healthy and will make a full recovery," Trina McGaughy added.
In addition to the head injuries, the teen basically has some bad bumps, bruises and scrapes. Her mother said she was at home resting with hopes to start back at school Monday.
McGaughy was in attendance at a recent Philomath girls soccer game. "She's a very social person," her mother said, "and being around friends is a big help."
Trina McGaughy was still on the field when the incident occurred and her husband was right behind his daughter.
"I heard it and it sounded like two cars hit each other," she said. "But he did see it, yes, and she went up on the hood and smashed into the windshield. I think the girl (the driver) hit the brakes at that point and she fell off and hit the pavement."
Taufa'asau was injured when her foot was run over by the vehicle.
"Malia saw it (the car) out of the corner of her eye, reached out and tried to grab Megan as well."
Trina McGaughy, who said her daughter's prognosis calls for a full recovery, is thankful for the response from the community.
"The support and the love and the caring of the Philomath community has just been amazing and is really a big help to our family right now," she said.
The 16-year-old driver, a former Philomath High student, faces charges of felony assault in the third degree. Richard "RJ" Evans, 18, of Corvallis, who reportedly jumped on the hood of her car shortly before the driver hit the gas, was charged with disorderly conduct.
As for the case, Philomath Police chief Ken Rueben said the investigation continues. Last week, the Oregon State Crime Lab gathered evidence off the vehicle, he said. Also, the Linn County Sheriff's Office performed a high-tech analysis of the car while doing a demonstration of a photographic crime scene tool that creates thousands of images per second to create a three-dimensional representation and provides details such as damages.