A 20-year-old Lynn man hit who has been in a medically induced coma since he and his twin brother were hit by a Hummer late on Tuesday night was taken off of life support this morning, according to the family pastor.
Dillon McManus was walking home from a 7-Eleven with his brother Riley at around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night when both men were struck just outside their Boston Street home. Dillon’s injuries were graver than his brother’s. Both men were rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital; Dillon never woke up.
Riley remains in the Intensive Care Unit, said Jimmy Rogers, minister at the Boston Church of Christ and the man’s family’s pastor. Rogers said Riley has a picture of both twins at his bedside.
The men were fraternal twins, but looked alike, and those who knew them said they were inseperable. Both were living at home, taking classes at North Shore Community College and working part-time at Walgreens.
Dillon was an organ donor, said Rogers, and his organs will go to five different recipients.
“It brings some type of encouragement and comfort,” said Rogers. “[It] is probably one of the saddest, most encouraging things in these types of situations.”
The accident remains under investigation, according to Lynn Police. The driver of the vehicle, Angela Okenkwo, 36, of Lynn, has not been charged.
Both Dillon and Riley were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Dillon had severe head trauma, and was rushed into neurosurgery to relieve pressure and stop bleeding, but tests later in the week revealed that he had no remaining brain activity, said Rogers.
Riley also suffered head trauma and underwent surgery to reduce pressure on his brain. He also suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung, a severe hip fracture and a fractured skull, but his condition is improving, Rogers said. Today, said Rogers, the tube that Riley has been breathing through was removed, and doctors are now trying to manage his pain and allow him to be awake.
Rogers said that the twins’ parents, Gerry and Colleen, are doing well despite the tragic circumstances. They have requested privacy.
“They’ve got a lot of support from family, and from the church, and I think their faith and the support has been real encouraging for them,” Rogers said. “Under the circumstances, they’re doing incredible well—not just a child, but having your only two sons go through what these boys have been through.”
A website set up for friends and family to send well-wishes to the McManus family had been flooded with sympathetic posts tonight.
“Words cannot express how grieved we are over this tragedy. I have been down on my knees praying harder than I ever have this week,” wrote one family. “I don’t like or understand the way the prayers were answered, but was happy to hear of Dillon’s last gift to give so many other people a chance to live. We will continue to pray for strength for you and for Riley’s full recovery.”Evan Allen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org