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Oregon partygoer provides some details

Autopsy set for this morning; mother said he was an organ donor

Jonathan "Jon" Williams
Jonathan "Jon" Williams

OREGON – The autopsy for an Oregon teen injured in a fight at an underage drinking party was to be held at 9 this morning, Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan said Monday.

Jonathan “Jon” Williams, 18, was pronounced dead at 12:33 p.m. Sunday at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Williams was injured during a fight at a house where an underage drinking party had been busted up around 3:15 a.m. Saturday. Oregon police responded to a disturbance call and charged five teens with illegal consumption.

Andrew Harn, son of Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn, was arrested and charged with illegal consumption a block from the party, DeHaan said.

Williams was found at 8:19 a.m., after a second 911 call, from a “father figure” of one of the teens at the party, DeHaan said. He was taken to KSB Hospital in Dixon, then to Saint Anthony.

Williams’ mother, Lynda Wade, said Monday that he was an organ donor, which is something she said she encouraged, especially after Williams’ grandmother, who was also an organ donor, died 3 years ago.

At the hospital, Wade said, she kept waiting for him to wake up.

“I kept waiting for him to walk out and say, ‘I just punked my mom,’” she said. “I’m still waiting for him to walk through the door.”

Williams was having seizures, and doctors removed part of his skull, but too much blood already had made its way down his spine, Wade said.

Partygoer Justin Coltrain, 33, of Mount Morris, who was arrested Sunday and charged with battery, said Williams was responsive, was “slouched on a couch” and was throwing up in the moments after the fight.

Coltrain said he was charged with hitting one of the partygoers, who he said was from Rockford and started the fight that injured Williams. Oregon Police said in a news release that Williams was not Coltrain’s victim.

Coltrain said Justin Bennett, 20, of Mount Morris, checked Williams’ pulse and had him squeeze his hand.

Although some people there said someone should call an ambulance, Coltrain said, most thought he was just drunk.

“As far as I know, everyone thought that he was fine. They thought he was drunk [and] passed out,” he said. “I didn’t even know until the next day that he had hit his head on the concrete.”

Wade took to Facebook Sunday to encourage teens to not worry about consequences, but to call 911 in emergency situations. She also said parents should talk with their children to form plans about how to handle similar situations.

“Any punishment they can get will be nothing compared to what me and my family have to go through,” she said. 

Coltrain said the Rockford partygoers arrived around midnight and didn’t drink while they were there, but toward the end of the night he felt “tensions build.”

“As soon as they walked in, everybody knew there was going to be a problem,” he said. “Nobody knew who brought them.”

Coltrain, who said he had met Williams three or four times before, said he was invited to the party by a friend in his 20s and was surprised to see so many underage people there. There was a beer keg, he said, which he paid $5 to drink from. He didn’t know who bought the keg. Some people had also brought their own alcohol, he said.

Coltrain was walking through the living room when one of the Rockford partygoers walked by him and swung with both hands into a crowd of about 10 people, he said. Coltrain said he grabbed the person by the throat and threw him onto the kitchen floor.

In the moments that followed, three or four fights started and partygoers flowed out of the house, Coltrain said. The Rockford partygoers were chased away, then some people went back into the house, Coltrain said, which is where he saw Williams and people tending to him.

Coltrain didn’t see Williams’ injuries, but said he heard he was hit in the face or mouth.

Williams was to start his senior year at Oregon High School. Wade said she already had all of his books. He wanted to be a welder, loved working on his car, riding ATVs and wanted to go skydiving.

“Jonathan came into this world way too fast. He came in at 28 weeks,” Wade said. “And I knew he was going to leave way too fast.”

His funeral could be held Friday or Saturday, she said.

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