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Member of Holy Cross women’s rowing team killed in Florida crash, eight transported to the hospital


VERO BEACH, Florida (WTNH) — Members of the Massachusetts-based College of the Holy Cross women’s rowing team were involved in a fatal crash in Vero Beach, Florida, on Wednesday morning.

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Holy Cross has identified the single victim in the crash as 20-year-old sophomore Grace Rett. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rett, of Uxbridge, MA turned 20 Tuesday, Jan. 14, (the day before the crash).

Grace Rett, 20, of Uxbridge, Mass. (Photo: Holy Cross Crusaders Women’s Rowing Roster)

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce reported Thursday that a total of eight passengers were transported to the hospital with three patients in critical condition, three in serious condition, and two in good condition.

They also said that about six operations have taken place so far since patients were brought in and that they are all expected to survive.

Holy Cross issued a statement confirming that their team was involved in a serious crash while traveling in Florida.

The college has been in touch with the families of the seven students and one coach in the hospital to offer support for all those involved.

One of the students injured in the crash is freshman Maggie O’Leary, the daughter of Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary.

The office of Mayor O’Leary released a statement following the crash:

“This morning, Maggie O’Leary and members of the College of the Holy Cross Women’s Rowing Team were involved in a car accident.

Maggie has spoken with her parents. Mayor O’Leary is on his way to Florida to be with his daughter.

The thoughts and prayers of Mayor O’Leary’s Office, and the entire City of Waterbury are with Maggie, the O’Leary family, and the College of the Holy Cross Women’s Rowing Team. Please keep all involved in your thoughts and prayers.”

– Office of Mayor O’Leary, Waterbury

Maggie O’Leary has formerly interned for Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, who released a statement Wednesday afternoon following the crash:

“A few moments ago, I learned of the terrible accident in Florida suffered by the College of the Holy Cross’ Women’s Rowing Team, including Maggie O’Leary.

Maggie worked as an intern in my office and alongside me at various community service events. During the course of her internship, she assisted constituents with casework and attended events on my behalf.

Maggie is a true leader and as her capstone project, she organized and led an amazing event with Girls Inc. in support of female empowerment and self-defense skills for women.

I join my staff in sending our thoughts and prayers to Maggie. She will always be part of our family.”

Dean of Students at Holy Cross, Michele Murrey held a press conference Wednesday afternoon, saying “This is a terrible loss for our community.”

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The Office of Mayor O’Leary announced that there was a Mass held Thursday for the recovery of Maggie O’Leary and the rowing team as a whole.

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The Mass was held Thursday at 12:10 p.m. at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

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