Rowing team from Massachusetts college involved in deadly Florida car crash

A van carrying members of the women’s crew team from The College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts collided with a truck in Florida on Wednesday morning, killing a 20-year-old student, authorities said.

A red Dodge pickup truck and the passenger van collided at about 7:30 a.m., according to police in Vero Beach, which is on the state’s east coast, about halfway between Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

The victim was a female student who turned 20 this week, police said.

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“The front right passenger of the van is the deceased,” police Chief David Currey told reporters. “She turned 20 years of age yesterday.”

The victim was wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

No criminal charges were immediately filed, and alcohol is not believed to be a factor, according to Currey.

Holy Cross, a Jesuit liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts, with about 3,100 students, issued a statement saying members of the women’s rowing team were involved in a serious crash in Florida.

“Holy Cross has been in touch with the families of those students and coaches and is offering support for all those involved. We ask that you keep all those involved and their families in your prayers at this time,” the statement said.

The rowing team’s next scheduled race is on April 4 in Worcester, according to the team’s website.

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