‘Don’t worry, I won’t speed’: Woman killed in Dubai car crash was a survivor of Boston Marathon bombings

Published March 8th, 2016 - 02:31 GMT
The Ferrari struck a pole and was torn in half from the impact, ejecting the four passengers from the vehicle. (Courtesy Dubai Police)
The Ferrari struck a pole and was torn in half from the impact, ejecting the four passengers from the vehicle. (Courtesy Dubai Police)

Victoria McGrath, a young woman who survived the Boston Marathon bombings nearly three years ago, died Sunday in a fiery car crash in Dubai that also claimed the lives of her friend, a Canadian boxer and his cousin, according to a report by the New York Daily News. 

The four victims were killed in a late-night crash when the Ferrari 458 Spider they were riding in slammed into a pole. Hours earlier, the boxer Cody Nixon wrote about the Ferrari rental on Instagram, saying, “Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don’t worry I won’t speed ;).”

According to Albayan News, the Ferrari's driver and at least one passenger were under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred. 

Authorities said they lost control of the vehicle at speeds of nearly 90 mph, before hitting a curb and slamming into a pole near Jumeirah Lake Towers. The force of the crash ripped the car in half and ejected the passengers from the car.

McGrath's death in particular brough back painful memories for first responders who brought her to safety after she was severely injured in the 2013 attack at the Boston Marathon.

“I thought that after surviving the Marathon bomb that that girl was invincible,” said Bruce Mendelsohn, one of the bystanders who assisted her.

McGrath was a student at Northeastern University, and stopped in Dubai with her roommate en route to Bali for spring break. The two were expected to graduate later this year.


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