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Warminster Woman Dies Four Years After Hit-and-Run

Kutztown University student Christine McGhee suffered debilitating brain injuries after her then-boyfriend pushed her out of a moving vehicle and dragged her approximately 100 feet.

A Warminster woman recovering from life-altering brain injuries sustained from a hit-and-run in 2008 has died this past weekend.

Christine McGhee, 23, a graphic design major at Kutztown University, got into an argument with her boyfriend, Michael Marrone, at a college party on Dec. 5, 2008. According to an article in the Reading Eagle, the argument continued while they were in the car, and Marrone pushed McGhee from the moving vehicle and dragged her 50-100 feet.

McGhee was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where doctors were able to save her life. The injuries were so severe, however, that the former soccer player could not move her muscles or speak, according to CareforChristine.org, a website maintained by her parents, Dawn and James McGhee III. McGhee was refined to home care at the family's home in Warminster until her death.

Family and friends offered up their prayers and support for the family on the Christine McGhee Pray for Her Facebook page. A viewing has been arranged from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Scanlin Funeral Home, 175 E. Butler Pike, Chalfont. A funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Friday at  in Warminster.

Marrone, from Marlton, N.J., was convicted in 2010 in Berks County Court for simple and aggravated assault and related offenses and sentenced to 5-20 years in prison. He will be up for parole in three years.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Kurland, who prosecuted Marrone, said his office is looking into McGhee's death, and, if the evidence is there, it would be possible to charge Marrone again.

"My heart breaks for the McGhee family," said Kurland. "They have my sympathies and the sympathies of the entire office."

Stacy M March 20, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I hope they go back and charge him for murder. her injuries are the reason she died. Her family and her deserve proper justice. 5-20 years is not enough of a punishment for someone who caused a young girl her death sentence
caitlin Hiller March 20, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I an truely sorry McGhee family for your loss. I personally never me Christine but from everyone I knew who did told me stories and it's sad that you all lost a beautiful, amazing, intellegent and strong woman. I feel from the stories I've heard that I knew her. Se touched every single person who came Into her life and her ex ruined that for alot of people. But my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Christine McGhee!!!!!
Christina March 21, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Rest in Peace Christine, you are one of a kind and always so sweet!! God Bless.
Sonia Roman March 21, 2012 at 02:59 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to Christine and all her loving n wonderful family n friends and to all those who supported her even though we never met her. She was well loved! GOD BLESS! Laura you were her gaurdian angel. GOD BLESS YOU AND HER PARENTS THE MOST :) :). :)
Patti Young March 22, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I am so sorry for your loss...I had the honor of meeting Christine and her family at longhorne steakhouse.... I admire your family's strength, and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers... Rest in peace Christine, you are safely home.....

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