Vice chancellor of UMass Boston dies from injuries sustained in Oxford crash

Gina Cappello
Gina Cappello —Bill Brett / The Boston Globe

A vice chancellor of UMass Boston has died from the injuries she received Monday when she and another pedestrian were struck in a multi-vehicle crash in Oxford.

Gina Cappello, 52, of Andover, passed away Tuesday, after being taken from the scene in critical condition to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, the Worcester District Attorney’s office said Wednesday. Daniel Sullivan, 53, of Oxford, died at the scene of the crash late Monday morning.

A preliminary investigation shows the driver of a Lexus lost control and struck a Toyota Corolla, which then hit Cappello and Sullivan. The driver of the Lexus and passengers in the Corolla were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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In a statement sent to the campus community Wednesday, UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley called Cappello a “kind and capable leader” who inspired the people around her with “unstintingly generous commitment to moving this institution forward”:

Gina was at the helm of the largest fundraising campaign in our university’s history, Just Imagine. We are forever indebted to her for her unwavering effort in support of this campaign: with her guidance, it has quickly progressed toward its $100 million goal. No matter where she focused her energy and talents throughout her career at the university, Gina always represented us admirably with her professionalism, her upbeat attitude, and her determination to get the job done. I am extremely grateful for the support she provided my office and her devoted service to our entire community of students, faculty, and staff.

Cappello joined the university as an assistant vice chancellor for major gifts in 2007 and was appointed vice chancellor for university advancement in 2012, according to the statement.

The crash remains under investigation by state and local police.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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