VERO BEACH, Fla. (WPRI) ─ A student and member of the College of the Holy Cross’ rowing team was killed after a van she was in with her teammates collided with a pickup truck in Vero Beach Wednesday morning.
Dean of Students for Holy Cross Michele Murray said Grace Rett, a sophomore English and psychology major from Uxbridge, Mass., was killed. Police said she had just turned 20 on Tuesday.
The van Rett was in was one of two vans carrying the rowing team ─ which was in Florida for a week-long winter training camp.
“This is a terrible loss for our community,” Murray said holding back tears.
Murray said 11 members of the rowing team were inside the van involved, as well as the team’s head coach. Murray said the coach and six members of the rowing team were rushed to area hospitals with varying injuries.
Police said a preliminary police investigation showed the van had turned left into the path of the oncoming pickup truck. Rett had been in the right front passenger seat.
“Grace was a light to all who knew her,” Murray said. “She was incredibly passionate and hard-working.”
Rett had recently set a world record last month for indoor rowing, reaching a total of 383,000 meters over more than 62 hours, Murray said.
Murray said Rett’s family, along with Holy Cross Rev. Philip Boroughs, are en route to Florida.
A GoFundMe page has been created to raise money to help with medical expenses for members of the rowing team who were injured in the crash.