By Andrew Wroblewski
A 2015 graduate of Walt Whitman High School died Dec. 10 from injuries she suffered in a Melville crash last month.
Alanna McCarthy, 18, of Huntington Station, was driving a 2015 Toyota RAV4 northbound on Sweet Hollow Road, south of Chichester Road, on Nov. 22 when police said she lost control of the SUV, which struck a guardrail and overturned.
On Monday, one McCarthy’s family members said the teen had a love for horses and had dreams of becoming a trainer. She owned her own horse, “Fooky.”
In a statement Sunday, South Huntington Superintendent of Schools David Bennardo said the community is “heartbroken” over McCarthy’s death.
“Alanna, who enjoyed a genuine love of life, brought tremendous energy to our learning family and enriched the lives of everyone she encountered,” Bennardo said. “We join in collective thought and prayer for Alanna and her family during this difficult time and promise to keep her beautiful memory alive in our hearts.”
According to an obituary posted to M.A. Connell Funeral Home’s website, McCarthy is survived by her parents, Darlene O’Marra and Kevin McCarthy; grandmother Lillian McCarthy; two aunts; two uncles; and three cousins. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Dolores and Richard O’Marra and Charles McCarthy.
Visitation was held at M.A. Connell Funeral Home in Huntington Station on Monday. A funeral service was held on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Maurer Foundation (maurerfoundation.org) or AHRC (ahrc.org).