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Former Holy Cross Rowing Coach Cited After Fatal Crash

BOSTON (CBS) – The former Holy Cross rowing coach who was driving a team van when it was involved in a deadly crash in Florida has been cited. Police say Patrick Diggins drove directly into the path of an oncoming truck at an intersection in Vero Beach.

The crash killed 20-year-old Grace Rett and badly injured several other teammates.

According to a police report, Diggins failed to yield right-of-way to oncoming traffic. The report said that after the crash, he asked officers if he had had a green arrow.

The report said Diggins turned left "while only having a green light indicator and not a green turn arrow."

Diggins retired as head coach last weekend.

In a statement, the College of the Holy Cross said, "Our hearts continue to be with the Rett family, and with all who have suffered physical and emotional injuries as a result of this crash. Holy Cross will continue to offer our support to our students, coaches and their families in the difficult months ahead."


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