3 people connected to Mass. university die in car crash in Haiti

WORCESTER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Three people associated with Clark University in Worcester died Wednesday in a car accident in Haiti.

Clark student Amanda Mundt and her aunt were killed in the accident alongside the daughter of Clark's interim director of the Development, Community, and Environment Department.

School officials say Mundt was taking time off from school to work as an intern with the Boston office of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. She opened a summer school for students in the summer of 2011 near Port-au-Prince after winning grants through the Davis Projects for Peace Foundation and the Restavek Freedom Foundation.

Mundt, an Amherst resident, was majoring in International Development and Social Change. She was also on the school's field hockey team.

Professor David Bell, whose daughter Meagan was killed in the crash, was transported back to Boston to be treated for serious injuries as a result of the crash. Mundt's father was also injured in the crash and expected to receive treatment in Florida.

"We were devastated to learn about the accident in Haiti," said university President David Angel in a statement Thursday. "All of us at Clark University are mourning the tragic loss of life and injury to much loved members of our community. Our hearts go out to family, friends, and all who were touched by this tragedy. We will support each other with love, reflection, and kindness in these difficult times."

William Fisher, the Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, described Mundt as a bright and very promising young student who was motivated by her passion for Haiti and its people. He also said Professor Bell is a very dedicated and beloved professor with a dedication to his students and their work.