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."