Crash Victims Were Best Friends

Tributes pour in for Pacific University students

4/16/2014, 12:08 p.m.
Kiden Dilla (left) and Ayan Osman, two Portland area Pacific University students killed in a traffic crash on Oregon Highway 47 and Verboort Road, north of the Forest Grove campus, are pictured in a photograph from the Pacific University Black Student Union.

Two Pacific University students who were killed in a car crash are being remembered for their friendship and for starting a Black Student Union on the university’s Forest Grove campus.

18-year-old Kiden Dilla and 19-year-old Ayan Osman were struck at the intersection of Oregon 47 and Verboort Road by a box truck the morning of April 7; both were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was not seriously injured.

Those that know the girls say Dilla and Osman were best friends.

Both graduated from Portland area schools in 2013, with Osman getting her diploma from Westview High School and Dilla being a graduate of the International School of Beaverton.

The girls met their freshmen year at Pacific University where they became “inseparable” taking the same classes, carpooling and studying together. They also had become members of the Pacific University Black Student Union which they helped re-start this year.

Osman was laid to rest in a private ceremony the day after the crash, a service for Kiden followed on Saturday at the City Bible Church in Portland.

Pacific held a campus memorial for the women on Monday night which was followed with a candlelight vigil. The school’s “Spirit Bench” has also become a memorial for the young women with flowers and photos.

Friends of the girls have renewed campaign to make safety changes to the intersection where the crash occurred, a stretch of highway that claimed the life of a Banks High School student last year, and a reported 27 crashes, resulting in 37 injuries over several years.