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Maria Morgan, wife of St. Mary’s County Commissioner Todd Morgan (R), died Wednesday at noon, 16 months after a car accident that left her incapacitated. She was 47.
“The accident finally won; it beat her,” Todd Morgan said Thursday.
Maria Morgan died at Hospice House of St. Mary’s. A series of recent fevers physically wore her down, her husband said.
But surrounded by family and close friends, “she died at her terms,” he said.
Maria Morgan was among those who worked to get the hospice house built in Callaway. It opened in the fall 2009. “She died at a place she helped to build,” Todd Morgan said.
“She’s totally at peace now. There’s no more pain. She fought a hard battle,” he said. “She’s such a wonderful person. She meant so much to me,” he said.
The Morgans have three children, two of them in college. All were with their father this week.
“I have no [funeral] arrangements planned for now,” he said.
Commissioner Morgan’s family has asked for privacy, said Sue Sabo, acting administrator of St. Mary’s County government. “Of course, our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family,” she said.
Maria Morgan was brought home to Lexington Park on July 11 this year, exactly one year after a car accident left her incapacitated and with a traumatic brain injury.
Her vehicle was struck as she went through a green light at the intersection of Route 235 and Millstone Landing Road on her way to work at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
The accident happened three days before the Morgans’ 21st wedding anniversary.
Maria Morgan was in a coma for more than a month after the accident. She was first treated at Prince George’s Hospital Center for 13 days of intensive care, then moved to the Moss Rehabilitation Center in Pennsylvania, then to the Asbury Solomons continuing care community and then to the National Rehabilitation Hospital before coming home to private nurse care.
Todd Morgan, 56, is serving his first term as county commissioner, elected in 2010. He is also a program manager for a defense contracting firm.
The other commissioners, Larry Jarboe (R), Cindy Jones (R), Dan Morris (R) and President Jack Russell (D) expressed their sympathy to the Morgan family in a statement Thursday.