Matt Ollila Critically Injured in Accident Donations Needed to Help Family
Thursday night, June 7th, one of our own Portland State University student veterans, Matti P. Ollila, was critically injured in a motorcycle crash near Glencoe High School in Hillsboro. Matt’s helmet cracked and he suffered head and back injuries, including a traumatic brain injury (TBI). He was drifting in and out of consciousness when emergency responders arrived. He was flown by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he remains in the Intensive Care Unit. There is no indication that alcohol, drugs, or speed were factors in the crash. Oregonian article
Matt grew up in Hillsboro, where he and his wife Ashleigh have lived since they were married six and one-half years ago. Matt loves outdoor activities, especially golfing and disc golf, spending time with his family, and “eating his way across Portland.” Matt served on active duty in the Navy as an SECF/STS (Submarine Electronic Computer/Field Sonar Technician Submariner) from 2006-2010 aboard the USS Nebraska. Since leaving active duty, Matt has been studying Finance at Portland State University and working full time. Ashleigh is also a PSU student and she graduated this month with a BA in Sociology. She plans to attend graduate school in the fall to study counseling, specifically in the field of PTSD, TBI and veteran families.Ashleigh has created a blog where folks can follow Matt’s progress.
How you can help
Matt’s accident and hospitalization have created a huge financial burden for this young couple. Viking Vets has set up a bank account to collect donations to help Matt & Ashleigh. All money deposited goes directly to the family. No one else has access to the funds. Donations can be made at any US Bank branch (locations) under the name “Matti P. Ollila.” Online donations cannot be accepted at this time. To donate by mail, please send a check or money order payable to “Matti P. Ollila” to:
US Bank Emanuel Hospital Office PD-OR-3241 220 North Stanton Portland, OR 97227
Please donate whatever you can, no matter how small, to help this family in their time of need.