Family remembers woman who was killed in a boating accident last year

Published: Jun. 24, 2017 at 9:34 PM CDT
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LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- The family of a Loves Park woman is remembering their daughter who was killed in a boating accident a year ago. They say time heals all wounds, but for Megan Wells’ family, the pain is stronger than ever a year later.

“It's just been a nightmare,” said Megan Wells father, David Swaziek.

Megan Wells was riding a boat last summer on the Rock River when another boat hit the one she was on, causing her death.

"She was just a great daughter and she's just not here anymore. That's the, that's the hardest part and that's what makes today hard,” said Swaziek.

Marc Mongan is the man who was driving the boat that hit Megan. He was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the accident. As of right now he is not facing felony charges for the incident, and Wells' family is now looking for justice.

"We're just fighting and saying 'wait a second we need to look at this stuff, we need to look at the evidence,” said Swaziek.

Megan's family and friends are sharing memories of her on a Facebook page they created. Her family also made a website where people can read about her life and legacy and sign a petition to help her family get the justice they want.

"It was so hard to lose her in such a tragic way and then having to fight so hard to get justice,” said Swaziek.

Megan's family says that nothing they do will bring their daughter back, but they feel this is what she deserves.

"We're just going to continue fighting. It's just, this is not right. And the most, the more unbelievable thing about this is it could have been anybody,” said Swaziek.

The trial involving Mongan and Wells will begin on August 21st. Megan's family says the Illinois Conservation Police are requesting to charge Mongan with two additional charges including "careless operation of a watercraft" and "improper passing of another watercraft."