Jet ski rider, 29, in critical condition

  • Megan Rodriguez, 29, of Fitchburg, Mass. is in critical condition after sustaining injuries in a jet ski accident on Lake Monomonac in Rindge on Sunday.  Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

NH Marine Patrol has identified the woman involved in a serious jet ski accident on Lake Monomonac on Sunday as a 29-year-old Fitchburg, Massachusetts resident.

Megan Rodriguez, who works for S & S Concrete Floors in New Ipswich, is currently in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon suffering from “serious bodily injury” after falling off a Kawasaki personal watercraft, according to press releases issued by NH Marine Patrol issued Sunday and Tuesday.

“She would give a total stranger the shirt off her back,” said Shannon Ashe, a friend of Rodriguez’s for over a decade, in a Facebook message Tuesday afternoon.

“She loved kids and would show up to all birthdays, baby showers, the birth of a child. She is extremely funny yet really kind. She will always go out of her way for people.”

Ashe’s fiance, Scott Brydie, recently started a gofundme account to raise money for Rodriguez and her family. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/raising-for-megan-and-daisy.

Robbi Bergeron, the accounting and office manager with S & S said Rodriguez has been working with the company since February and is the second woman the company has hired to work in the field with concrete. 

“She’s a very pleasant person and her presence is definitely missed,” said Bergeron. “We are keeping her family in our hearts and prayers.”

Rodriguez was injured around 4:30 p.m. after falling off the back of a jet ski operated by Joseph E. Ocasio, 31, of Winchendon, Massachusetts. Toraino A. Pridgen was also listed as a passenger on the jet ski, according to a field report submitted by Rindge Police Sergeant Daniel Anair, who responded to the call.

Rodriguez was initially transported to Monadnock Community Hospital for evaluation, but was later air-lifted to Lebanon.

Marine Patrol Captain Tim Dunleavy said in an interview Tuesday that he was unsure of the extent of Rodriguez’s injuries.

Dunleavy also refuted a previous comment from Marine Patrol telecommunications specialist Laura Gugliotta about a medical examiner being involved in the case, saying that to his knowledge, one had never been called.

When Anair arrived on scene, Rodriguez was unconscious, not breathing, and did not have a pulse, according to his field report. Upon his arrival, Anair took over CPR and chest compression. An AED was used, but it advised no shock and CPR was continued. 

Pridgen reportedly told police that they were traveling on the lake when he felt a “woosh” and could no longer feel Rodriguez’s hands on him. After determining that she had fallen off, Pridgen tapped Ocasio’s shoulder and the jet ski was stopped.

The two then pulled Rodriguez from the water, putting her chest down on the jet ski. The men were eventually able to flag down a boat, which helped them transport Rodriguez to the boat landing near North of the Border near the New Hampshire/Massachusetts border. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.