Funeral arrangements have been set for 18-year-old Maggie Bonefas, a recent Wauconda High School graduate, who was killed in a rollover crash on Route 12 in Volo.
Magdalene “Maggie” Bonefas, 18, of Volo, was identified by the Lake County Coroner’s Office as the driver killed Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Route 12 north of Case Road in Volo.
“With a heavy heart I’m letting everyone know my beautiful baby girl Maggie passed away yesterday morning. She was 18 and full of life, compassionate to a fault, independent, and had her own mind,” her father, Edward Bonefas said on Facebook.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Wauconda Fire Protection District responded to the scene around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday.
The crash also left an 18-year-old Wauconda woman, who was in the passenger seat, injured. Both of the women were working for the Wauconda High School at the time of the crash.
Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Christopher Covelli said that sheriff’s deputies arrived and found Bonefas had suffered critical injuries during the crash. Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
Covelli said that a preliminary investigation shows a 2000 GMC pickup truck, driven by Bonefas, was traveling northbound on Route 12 north of Case Road.
“As the pickup truck traveled north the driver of the vehicle, for an unknown reason, drove off the east side of the roadway. She then overcorrected, likely causing the vehicle to roll,” Covelli said.
Bonefas was not wearing her seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. The Lake County Coroner’s Office confirmed she died from blunt force injuries caused by the crash.
The 18-year-old Wauconda woman in the passenger seat was wearing her seatbelt and suffered minor injuries, Covelli said. She was transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington with non-life-threatening injuries.
The pickup truck was carrying a sealcoating container in the truck bed and became dislodged during the crash, spilling sealcoating materials over the southbound lanes, police said.
The women were summer employees working for Wauconda Community School District 118. Both were class of 2019 graduates of the Wauconda High School.
Bonefas was on the Wauconda High School’s varsity softball team during her senior year. She was enrolled to be a freshman at the Illinois State University.
All lanes of Route 12 were closed for several hours while police investigated and crews cleaned up the crash. Route 12 was re-opened to traffic by noon.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we share that a Class of 2019 Wauconda High School graduate and a summer/seasonal Wauconda School District employee passed away in an automobile accident this morning. Our condolences go out to the family and friends,” the Wauconda School District 118 Support Services Team said on Wednesday.
Counselors were made available to staff, students and community members at the Wauconda High School.
“As a parent, you may want to talk with your child about death because it impacts each person in different ways. How children react will depend on the relationship they had with the person who died, their age, and their prior experience with a loss,” the support team said in a statement.
“Maggie was a beautiful, vibrant, tenacious, loving, funny and brilliant light in this world. She loved spending time with her family, friends and animals. She valued her independence and insisted on her “Maggie time” but never wanted to be far from the ones she loved and those who so passionately loved her,” her online obituary read.
A visitation will be held on Monday from 2-8 p.m. at Kisselburg-Wauconda Funeral Home, 235 North Main Street in Wauconda. The funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 8 p.m.
“In lieu of flowers, donations to animal rescue organizations would be greatly appreciated. Maggie wanted to save them all,” her obituary read.
The crash remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Technical Crash Investigations Unit.