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Patrick Diggins, rowing coach who drove team van, cited for role in fatal Florida crash


Added 02-26-20 10:18:03am EST - “A former Massachusetts college rowing coach who was driving a team van during a fatal wreck in Florida has been cited for his role in the crash.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Patrick Diggins, rowing coach who drove team van, cited for role in fatal Florida crash”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A former Massachusetts college rowing coach who was driving a team van during a fatal wreck in Florida has been cited for his role in the crash, police said.

Patrick Diggins, the longtime women’s rowing coach at the College of the Holy Cross, was cited by Vero Beach police for failing to yield to oncoming traffic in a Jan. 15 crash that killed 20-year-old sophomore rower Grace Rett and injured 13 other people, according to a police report obtained by the Boston Globe.

The right-of-way violation is a noncriminal traffic citation and an investigation into the horrific wreck as the team was headed to a winter training camp at the Vero Beach Rowing Club is considered closed. Police will now submit their findings to local prosecutors for review, the Globe reports.

Diggins, who announced his retirement on Friday, was behind the wheel of a rented 12-passenger Ford Transit van when he turned left across a six-lane highway but did not have a green turning arrow at the time, according to the police report.

Diggins’ actions took the van directly into the path of an oncoming 2005 Dodge Ram truck that had the right of way, resulting in a nearly head-on collision.

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