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October 18, 2003
Brunswick girl died in car
News – Post Staff
Megan Bolton fit right in, and made close friends almost as
soon as she started her junior year at Brunswick High School
Her sudden death in a car crash this past summer left her
friends numb and struggling for answers.
instead of dwelling on the tragedy, her classmates have
pitched in to help raise money for a scholarship in her
memory, established by her father, Gage Bolton.
“Her motto was “ no regrets,” and that was how she felt,” said
Stacey Livesay, one of her close friends. Stacey and Megan
started sitting with her at lunch, and they instantly hit it
off. It wasn’t long before the girl from Camp Hill, Pa., had
introduced her to two other classmates, Patty and Lauren, and
soon the foursome were going out to dinner on Friday nights on
their way to watch basketball games. “ We went wherever they
played,” said Lauren Blodgett. “ We had a blast. “
On July 8th, Megan was on her way to Pennsylvania
to have the muffler on her Mazda repaired when her car crossed
the median of U.S. 15. It collided with a truck headed
southbound, and she was killed instantly. Her friends and her
father say they can only guess what may have happened – she
could have been reaching to change a CD in the portable player
or caught up in a song.
At 2:30 p.m. on October 24th, a tree will be
planted in her memory at Brunswick High School. Friends in a
local band, 2birdstone, will perform a song they wrote about
Classmates say Megan was considerate of others and obeyed the
rules. “ She got her license in March, and she was a good
driver. She always drove the speed limit or under,” said Patty
Skaggs. “ For the first three months, she wasn’t allowed to
have anyone in the car and she couldn’t listen to music
either. She didn’t sneak around. We couldn’t ride.”
Stacey compiled a scrapbook that shows the foursome laughing
and hanging out. It’s those memories, the students say, that
keeps them going. The girls laughed as they recalled trips to
Starbucks to get their daily dose of espresso. “ We went
through the drive-thru, and they knew who we were and what we
wanted.” Ms. Livesay said.
The students say the think of their friend, and how she would
react to certain situations. The choice of a weeping cherry
tree to be planted in her memory was just perfect, they say. “
She just loved cherries. Once, the cherry fell off her drink
at Starbucks, and went back in to get another. They just shook
their heads and gave her one, “ Stacy remembered with a laugh.
“ She was open to everyone, “ Lauren said.
“ And, the saddest part about all of this is that others
never really got to know her, “ Patty said.
The three young women, who are headed to college next year,
said Megan also had dreams of attending college. They say she
wrote poetry and enjoyed drawing. A scholarship fund has been
established in Megan’s memory, and students at Brunswick and
Camp Hill high schools will be the recipients. Megan attended
Camp Hill before moving to Adamstown last year.
Mr. Bolton said his daughter worked at Buckingham’s Choice,
and was saving money for college. He said she would be pleased
that students with dreams of higher education will be
assisted. A committee will select the recipients, and Mr.
Bolton said he’s happy that some of his daughter’s friends may
Stacy has been helping with that effort by selling red T-
shirts bearing her best friend’s motto: “ no regrets. “
Information about donations can be obtained on the Web site:
Mr. Bolton said the Greater Harrisburg Foundation is
administering the scholarship fund.
Website by: Rick
In loving memory of a
beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin