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Woman dies in traffic accident after fleeing police

Posted: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Kalyn Gordon

A Cottage Grove man is mourning the loss of his daughter after a bizarre traffic accident on Thursday, April 25 led to her death.

That afternoon at 12:50 p.m., Cottage Grove Police received a call regarding a vehicle vs. bicyclist traffic accident at the corner of Gateway Blvd. and 16th St. Minutes prior, police had responded to a call from Rocky Gordon, the father of Kalyn Gordon, 20, stating that his daughter, who had warrants out for her arrest for previous theft and burglary incidents, had showed up at his home on Landess Road. Soon, it became apparent to police who arrived at the home that Kalyn Gordon had exited her father’s home upon seeing the officers approaching, had somehow procured a bicycle and sped away. Commander Scott Shepherd said Gordon had ridden under Interstate 5 when the second of two cars turning northbound onto Gateway was unable to stop before Gordon struck the vehicle. Shepherd said a third witness claimed that Gordon “must’ve been coasting fast” and didn’t stop for the car. Officer Taylor Smith arrived first on the scene and tried to stabilize Gordon, who was still conscious, and keep her from moving. Smith was the first to learn that the accident victim was the woman officers had been searching for minutes earlier. Two days later, on the morning of April 27, police learned that Gordon had passed away after being taken off life support.

On Monday, Rocky Gordon said the events that culminated in the death of his daughter may have in fact begun last January, when a trip into town to find car seats for the woman’s twin boys ended in a phone call from child services indicating that the children were in state custody after Gordon had allegedly abandoned them.

“The kids were taken away, and Kalyn went crazy,” her father said. “For her, it happened without a reason, but it didn’t really make any sense to any of us, because she had paid a babysitter.”

Subsequently, Gordon said, another call from the state explained that one of his grandsons had been found unresponsive in his crib.

“They were making all sorts of claims, and the baby was listed as brain dead,” he said. “Kayln went crazy and turned to drugs to try to deal with it, and she started to get into trouble.”

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