Craig girl dies from injuries following accident

Megan Terrill never improved from critical condition after she was hit by a truck in Cañon City.

The 16-year-old Craig resident died in a Pueblo hospital at 6:25 p.m. on Tuesday.

The teen-ager was visiting extended family in Cañon City when she was injured in a hit-and-run accident that left her lying in a ditch on the morning of Sunday, March 7. She suffered numerous injuries, including a broken femur and extensive head injuries.

Terrill was surrounded by her family when she passed away, said her father, Mike Terrill. He parents, four sisters, one brother, grandparents and aunts were by her side, Mike Terrill said.

"Her heart stopped," Mike Terrill said. "She just couldn't take it anymore."

An autopsy will be performed, according to Wendi Dammann, a spokeswoman at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo.

The 11th Judicial District Attorney's office in Cañon City is working on amended charges against the man suspected of hitting Megan Terrill, Mike Terrill said. The father reiterated his frustration that the man suspected of fatally injuring his daughter is free on a $20,000 bond.

The District Attorney's office was not available for comment.

George A. Largent, a resident of rural Fremont County, was arrested March 10 in connection with the hit-and-run accident. An arrest warrant charged Largent with hit and run, reckless driving and vehicular assault, according to a report by the Cañon City Police Department.

Largent is free on a $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court later this month, according to Cañon City Police Chief Daniel Shull.

"He appears on March 30 for his arraignment," Shull said. "They will add new charges at that time."

Largent will not be rearrested before that date, Shull said.

Mike Terrill said his daughter was a free spirit.

"She loved life and she loved every minute of it," Mike Terrill said. "She did the things she wanted to do. She had a heart of gold."

Megan Terrill liked to go to Steamboat Springs and walk around downtown. She frequented the hot springs, and she enjoyed hiking up Fish Creek Falls, Mike Terrill said.

His daughter will be buried in Steamboat, because she loved the area so much, Mike Terrill said.

"She loved music and she loved dancing," said Kristin Knoche, one of Megan Terrill's close friends. Bob Marley, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, the Grateful Dead and Credence Clearwater Revival were Megan's favorites, Knoche said.

Knoche has fond memories of Megan Terrill dancing so hard she was covered with sweat at a CCR concert in Steamboat last summer.

"She was always there to put you in a better mood," Knoche said. "I don't know how to describe Megan. She was awesome."

Mike Terrill thanked all the people of Craig who have kept his daughter in their thoughts and prayers, who have donated things and called to see how Megan was doing.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com

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