A member of the women’s crew team from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts was killed in a Florida car accident on Wednesday, police said.
A red Dodge pickup truck and a passenger van carrying team members collided at about 7:30 a.m., according to police in Vero Beach, on the state’s east coast, about halfway between Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
The victim was a female student who turned 20 this week, police said. The school identified her as sophomore Grace Rett, of Uxbridge, Massachusetts.
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“The front right passenger of the van is the deceased,” police Chief David Currey told reporters. “She turned 20 years of age yesterday.”
The victim was wearing a seat belt, authorities said.
No criminal charges were immediately filed, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor, according to Currey.
Holy Cross, is a Jesuit liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts, with about 3,100 students.
“It is with great sadness that we share with you that Grace Rett ’22, a resident of Healy, has passed away following this morning’s accident involving the women’s rowing team,” according to a school statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Grace’s family, friends and teammates at this time.”
The rowing team’s next scheduled race is on April 4 in Worcester, according to the team’s website.