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Holy Cross identifies 5 student athletes and coach who remain hospitalized following deadly crash

Two community fundraisers have been set up for one of the victims.

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College of the Holy Cross has identified the students and the coach who are still in the hospital following a deadly crash in Vero Beach, Florida Wednesday morning.

In a letter to the community posted to the college’s website, officials said Paige Cohen, Anne Comcowich, Maggie O’Leary, Bianca McIver, and Hannah Strom, along with coach Patrick Diggins, remain hospitalized. Another student, Maegan Moriarty, a senior, was released from the hospital Thursday night, college officials said.

A van carrying 11 student athletes and their coach collided with a pickup truck while the team was visiting Vero Beach for winter training. Grace Rett, a sophomore, was killed. Eight people were hospitalized, including six students, a coach, and the driver of the pickup.


“Our community has suffered a terrible loss. Grace’s passion and spirit shone brightly in all that she did, and clearly had an impact on all who knew her,” part of the letter said.

Strom is said to be in stable condition in a hospital in Florida. She’s suffering from a broken pelvis, a broken femur, and cranial bleeding, according to SouthCoast Today. Strom was using a breathing tube, and underwent surgery to an eye on Thursday.

Strom’s parents own Kool Kone in Wareham, and the eatery planned a fundraiser for Friday. Donation jars will be left on the counters for contributions, according to a Facebook post shared in the “Matters of Wareham” community group. The post notes that Strom has “a long road of recovery ahead.”

On The Go in Mattapoissett also planned to donate 15 percent of its sales on Friday to the Strom family.

Tomorrow Friday January 17th We Will Donate 15% Of All Sales To The Strom Family Of Marion Whose Daughter Hannah Was One…

Posted by On The Go on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Maggie O’Leary is the daughter of Waterbury, Conn. Mayor Neil O’Leary. The mayor took to Facebook to announce a mass that took place Thursday afternoon for Maggie, the other victims and their families. Maggie O’Leary was said to be in stable condition with “serious” injuries, according to Fox 61.

“Thank you for your outpouring of love, support, and prayers for my daughter Maggie, my family, and the Holy Cross Women’s Rowing Team,” the mayor said on Facebook. “It has meant so much to my entire family at this time. I ask that you continue to pray for all of those injured in Wednesday’s terrible accident. Please especially continue to hold the family of Grace Rett in your hearts and deepest sympathy.”

With gratitude — Thank you for your outpouring of love, support, and prayers for my daughter Maggie, my family, and the…

Posted by Neil O’Leary on Friday, January 17, 2020

Conn. state Rep. Jahana Hayes also wished Maggie O’Leary well, noting that she had interned in her office.


“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,” she said on Twitter. “I join my staff in sending our thoughts and prayers to Maggie. She will always be part of our family.”

The Holy Cross men’s rowing team is continuing to raise money for medical expenses for those injured in the crash via GoFundMe. As of 12:15 p.m. Friday, the campaign had raised over $176,000.


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