Megan Hartigan, 20, of Algonquin, died from injuries from the car accident.
On May 1st, 2012, around 10:45pm, a single car accident happened in the 14600 block of Marengo Road near Huntley. The vehicle was a 2004 Hyundai Elantra, which was heading west on Marengo Road, when the vehicle, for unknown reasons, left the roadway, hit a culvert, and rolled over. The driver and 3 passenger’s were all thrown from the vehicle. It’s still unclear on who was driving and what made the vehicle crash. No one in the vehicle were wearing seat belts.
Megan Hartigan, 20, of Algonquin, died shortly after the crash at Centegra Hospital in Woodstock, due to injures suffered from the crash. Jonathan Lombard, 21, of Huntley, taken to Sherman Hospital, and Ryan Hanks, 18, also of Huntley, taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, were listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon. Detail’s about the third passenger, who is a minor, haven’t been released. The third passenger is a girl and she was taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin.
Megan Hartigan is being remembered as a sweet, loving, and caring girl, who always had a smile on her face and was kind to everyone. She was an intelligent young lady who was taken from her family and friends too soon. She received her diploma from Harry D. Jacobs High School in 2010. Since the accident, many friends, family, and people who have met her, have been posting memory’s, photo’s, etc. on her Facebook wall.
“An autopsy indicates that she had died of head and chest trauma, as a result of being ejected from the car she was in.” Said Rob Locke, deputy coroner for the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. “Her toxicology results won’t be available for at least a month.” Locke stated.
Students and teachers have talked about Hartigan throughout the school day since her accident, which was reported by Jacob’s principle, Engel. “She was really friendly, always had a really bright smile on her face, really fun loving and always liked to make sure she was dressed just so and spent a lot of time with her friends.” Said Engel. The school has made counselors available for students and staff and will also hold a moment of silence in Hartigan’s honor, Engel said.
Hartigan’s funeral arrangements are still pending.
Written By: Elizabeth Reszke