Preliminary police report says Holy Cross rowing coach failed to yield before deadly crash

Preliminary police report says Holy Cross rowing coach failed to yield before deadly crash
A still frame from video shot by Jon Shainman of the scene where a Holy Cross Women's Rowing Team van was hit by a pickup truck in Vero Beach, Florida Jan. 15, 2020. (Jon Shainman)

Investigators in Florida believe a Holy Cross rowing coach was at fault in a deadly van crash that killed a young woman.

Boston 25 News obtained the crash report filed by Vero Beach Police following the tragedy on January 15 in which a van carrying members of the Holy Cross Women’s Rowing team collided with a truck. Grace Rett, 20, was killed in the crash.

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According to the report, the preliminary investigation shows coach Patrick Diggins failed to yield to the truck while making a left turn. So far, no charges have been filed but after the crash, police said Diggins made several spontaneous comments including, “Please let me have had a green light. Did I have a green arrow? God, please let me have had a green arrow.”

Diggins was one of at least eight people seriously injured in the crash. Holy Cross said that just one of Grace’s teammates still remains hospitalized in Florida, along with one coach. Another rower, Hannah Strom of Marion, was flown to Boston on Monday to continue her treatment at Mass. General Hospital.

Grace was laid to rest Wednesday in Uxbridge.