Lisa Radogno, Staffer to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, Dies

Lisa Radogno, 31, died from massive pulmonary embolism

There's new word that the death of Lisa Radogno is tied to a hit-and-run crash last month.  

Radogno, 31, the daughter of Illinois Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno and a staffer for Sen. Mark Kirk, was struck in a hit-and-run crash in Washington D.C. a month before she passed away Wednesday evening.

Radogno's spokesman told NBC Chicago's Ward Room that Radogno's death was “the result of complications of a hit-and-run in mid-May.”

She was hit in a cross walk with injuries to her knee and wrist. While witnesses tried to get a license plate, no one has been arrested in the crash. After the crash, Sen. Radogno drove out to Washington and brought her daughter home to Lemont to allow her to recuperate and "get her life back."

Lisa Radogno later returned to D.C. and her job as an executive assistant in Sen. Mark Kirk's Capitol Hill office where she worked for seven years.

She died Wednesday from a massive pulmonary embolism.


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She was in her D.C. home when she became ill Tuesday night while speaking on the phone. That person alerted 911 and paramedics had to break down the door of her condo.

Her parents flew to D.C. Wednesday morning, and Sen. Mark Kirk kept a vigil with them at the hospital. Kirk's staff is devastated at the sudden loss.  

According to her Facebook page, Lisa Rodogno graduated from Eastern Illinois University and Lyons Township High School in La Grange.

She is described by those who knew her as very generous, fun-loving and a terrific person.

An open house is scheduled at Sen. Mark Kirk’s office at 4:30 p.m. Thursday for those on Capitol Hill who want to pay their respects to the Radogno family.  Funeral services will be held in Illinois at a later time.

In a statement, Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner said, "Diana and I extend our deepest condolences to Christine and Nunzio on the passing of their daughter Lisa. No parent should ever have to endure such a loss. Our thoughts are with the entire Radogno family and with everyone whose lives were enriched by knowing Lisa."

Gov. Pat Quinn also offered his "deepest and most heartfelt condolences."

“It is my hope that Lisa’s purposeful life and the cherished memories that Christine, Nunzio and their daughters have of her will help relieve some of the pain in the days ahead,” Quinn said.

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