According to the preliminary crash report and report by the Florida Highway Patrol Department, the long-time head coach of the Holy Cross women’s rowing team made several spontaneous remarks after the collision that killed one team member.
The report said the 32-year old man said, “Please let me have had a green light. Did I have a green arrow? God, please let me have had a green arrow.”
According to the report, while the light was green, witnesses said there was no green turn arrow. Investigators concluded the 32-year old was at fault for failing to yield to an oncoming pickup truck, which smashed into the passenger side of the van.
Grace Rett, 20, died at the scene after being extricated from the front passenger seat by paramedics.
Several other team members and both drivers were also injured in the crash. The rowing team from Mass. was in town for practice and was taking team members to an early morning practice in two rented passenger vans.
No charges have been filed. The main cause of the crash incident is still under investigation, and the Florida Highway patrol Department is encouraging anyone with additional information concerning the crash to contact the investigators or the FHP Department.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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