Victoria McGrath Dubai crash: Did notions of immortality lead to friends risking the inevitable?
Canadian boxer Cody Nixon, Northwestern University student and Boston Marathon bombing survivor, Victoria McGrath, 23 and two other individuals have died after Nixon posted on social media, ‘Don’t worry I won’t speed’ prior to crashing his Ferrari in Dubai on Sunday.
Also killed was Northwestern college classmate pal, Priscilla Perez Torres, 23 along with Cody Nixon’s cousin, James Portuondo.
Hauntingly the crash occurred just hours after the Canadian boxer boasted of his speedstar rental on instagram.
Posted Cody Nixon: ‘Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don’t worry I won’t speed ;),’
كشف المستشار صلاح بوفروشة رئيس نيابة السير والمرور في دبي لـ«البيان» أن نتيجة تقرير الطب الشرعي الصادر عن الشرطة أثبت أن سائق وركاب مركبة الفيراري التي انشطرت إلى نصفين واحترقت مساء أمس الأول، كانوا مخمورين. وأوضح بو فروشة تفاصيل الحادث المريعة، حيث قفزت إحدى الفتيات وانشطرت نصفين بعد انشطار المركبة بسبب اصطدامها بالرصيف ثم بعمود إنارة، كما قفزت الفتاة الأخرى مسافة 150 متراً خارج الطريق، وقفز الملاكم 200 متر خارج الطريق مرتطماً بالأرض بقوة. زُر موقع #صحيفة_البيان للتفاصيل
Of distress is a report via the Albayan News which told that Cody Nixon and at least one other passenger were reportedly under the influence of alcohol.
Still unclear is who was actually driving the Ferrari, with local reports telling the vehicle’s driver losing control at speeds of near 90 mph, hitting a curb and wrapping around the pole near Jumeirah Lake Towers. The impact ripped the Ferrari in half along with tossing the passengers out of the vehicle.
A report via the nydailynews tells of the site of the crash having a speed limit of 25 mph.
McGrath’s death conjured memories for firefighter James Plourde and Bruce Mendelsohn, a bystander who recalled her brush with death during the 2013 terrorist attack orchestrated by Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother Dzhokhar.
‘I thought that after surviving the Marathon bomb that that girl was invincible,’ Mendelsohn told Boston Globe.
At the time, McGrath who had literally been five feet from the focal point of a terrorist blast, told of applying a tourniquet to the college student’s bloodied leg after a pressure cooker bomb, seriously wounding the then 20-year-old at the race’s finish line.
Plourde scooped up McGrath and carried her to safety, a moment captured in an iconic photograph which went on to go viral and symbolizing the determination of the blast’s victims to surpass the tragedy.
— Bob Ward Fox25 (@Bward3) March 7, 2016
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) March 7, 2016
Ironically, the car that killed McGrath, a Weston, Conn., native, was meant for only two passengers, but the four victims managed to squeeze into the luxury vehicle.
Another victim, Torres, a native of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, was McGrath’s classmate at Northeastern University. The roommates made a stop in Dubai while traveling to Bali for their spring break.
Told a statement via Northeastern President Joseph Aoun on Monday: ‘Victoria and Priscilla were vibrant, beloved members of our community, and their passing leaves a grievous absence in our community and in our hearts,’
‘This is a heartbreaking loss to their families, friends, and to all of us in the Northeastern family.’
Both Torres and McGrath were expected to graduate in 2016.
It’s unclear how McGrath and Torres knew Nixon and Portuondo prior to the crash.
The latest model of Ferrari’s car is worth at least $260,000.