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Ashland teen back home after car crash

An Ashland teen who suffered head and spleen injuries in a car crash Jan. 2 has gone home from the hospital.

Maxwell Gordon, 17, an Ashland High School senior who made all-conference defensive back on the Grizzlies football team, was released from Rogue Valley Medical Center on Thursday afternoon, said his aunt, Helena Caya, who came from Colorado to help the family.

"We are so proud of Max for fighting," she said.

Gordon was injured and his brother, Nicholas, 20, was killed in a three-car crash Jan. 2 on Highway 62 near Eagle Point. The brothers were returning from a ski trip to Mount Bachelor and Nicholas Gordon was passing a car when he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle and lost control.

Max Gordon was in critical condition on a ventilator and heavily sedated after the crash. Teammates and friends from school visited his hospital room and decorated it with posters they made, his mom, Michelle Gordon, said.

"It reminded me how strong he was," she said, of seeing the posters in the intensive care unit and the teens gathered there.

She said the family was thankful for the outpouring of support from the community.

"It has lifted us up and enabled us to bear this burden," she said.

Michelle Gordon said Max is doing "great" and is expected to make a full recovery.

She plans to host an informal gathering for Nick's friends at the family home at 3 p.m. Sunday so they can come together and grieve.

"Nick was well loved," she said.

No formal arrangements for a memorial service have been set yet, the family said.