The family of a Rockford woman, killed in a boating crash, earns a major victory in Ogle County court.
A special prosecutor filed felony charges against Marc Mongan. He’s accused of driving a boat while drunk last summer and crashing into a pontoon, killing Megan Wells.
Mongan is now charged with reckless homicide, reckless conduct, and aggravated DUI.
“Its been a long, long fight,” said Dave Swaziek, Wells’ father. “[Its been] exhausting at times. But, myself, I feel differently today.”
Dave and Robin Swaziek expressed relief outside the Ogle County Courthouse after learning Mongan will face felony charges, not misdemeanors.
“They’ve experienced the worst thing a parent can experience,” said Special Prosecutor Dave Neal. “It’s my hope that moving this case forward in a professional manner will get them some of the answers they’ve been seeking and justice a case like this deserves.”
Neal addressed the media for the first time since taking over the case. He says he believes Ogle Co. State’s Attorney Eric Morrow did the right thing by recusing himself from the case.
“He encountered evidence that required him to determine whether it could create a conflict of interest. He acted very decisively and did exactly what a State’s Attorney should do.”
Now, the case goes to an evidentiary hearing. All evidence in the case will be brought before a judge, who’ll decide if there’s enough probable cause to send Mongan’s case to trial. Wells’ parents say they trust this process more than a grand jury, since many of the potential jurors may have a personal relationship with Mongan.
“This may be the best route,” said Swaziek. “The judge is able to see some of the evidence himself and the truth in the evidence.”
Mongan’s attorney reiterated Wednesday that they still believe what happened to Wells was nothing more than a terrible accident. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 18th.