A Saturday morning accident has claimed the lives of two recent Northeast graduates and left a third injured.
“It’s a pretty big shock to the community and to all the people who knew them,” said Pat Healy, Northeast girls track and field and cross country coach.
Kristin F. Hanrahan, 18, of Delmar, and Jed J. Rogis, 19, of Clinton, were killed in an accident at 2:50 a.m. in the 1400 block of 400th Avenue near Miles and the Clinton-Jackson county lines.
According to a preliminary report issued Saturday from the Iowa State Patrol, another Northeast graduate, Justin J. Sparks, 19, of Charlotte, was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, when the vehicle ran off the road into a ditch. The vehicle struck a tree and overturned, ejecting all three occupants. Sparks was hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center South in Clinton. The hospital would not release a condition report this morning, nor would hospital officials confirm if he was still a patient.
The report also said that all three occupants were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Hanrahan and Rogis were athletes at Northeast. Healy coached Hanrahan, a spring graduate, and called her a “great kid to be around.”
She became the champion long jumper for the Big East conference her senior year, and was a member of the championship 400 relay.
Rogis graduated in 2010, and was enrolled at Kirkwood Community College to pursue a degree in welding. He had been a standout basketball player for the Northeast Rebels, leading the team with 14.5 points per game his senior season. Rogis’ basketball prowess led to an all-conference selection. He was also an accomplished football player, being named second team all-Herald as a defensive back in 2009.
Sparks also achieved some athletic success in high school, being named honorable mention all-conference during his senior basketball season.
Healy described all three as good kids from good families, and described the incident as something you pray never happens.
No updates from the Iowa State Patrol were available by press time.