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Boston bombing survivor killed in Dubai Ferrari crash

A photo of Victoria McGrath became widely used in the days and weeks after the bombing.

Boston Firefighter James Plourde carries Victoria McGrath from the scene after a bombing near the Boston Marathon finish line.
Boston Firefighter James Plourde carries Victoria McGrath from the scene after a bombing near the Boston Marathon finish line.
Image: AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh, File

A COLLEGE STUDENT who survived serious injuries in the Boston Marathon bombing was killed in a car accident in Dubai over the weekend.

Victoria McGrath was killed on Sunday, along with her roommate at Northeastern University, Priscilla Perez Torres, the Boston college confirmed.

The other victims were identified as Canadian boxer Cody Nixon and his cousin James Portuondo.

Hours before the Ferrari crashed into a pole, Nixon had posted about renting it on Instagram.

“Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don’t worry I won’t speed ;),” he wrote.

PastedImage-74212 Source: Cody Nixon via Instagram

Albayan News reports that driver and passengers were under the influence of alcohol.

McGrath, 23, received severe shrapnel injuries to her left leg from the first of two bombs placed near the marathon finish line on 15 April, 2013. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were injured in the bombing.

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

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Bruce Mendelsohn, who was attending a post-marathon party in a building overlooking the finish line, rushed outside to help and saw McGrath lying on the ground, bleeding heavily from her left leg. Mendelsohn said he tied a scarf or t-shirt he found nearby around her leg as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, a move McGrath’s doctor later told him saved her life.

Victoria McGrath Victoria McGrath, centre, thanks people who helped her after she was injured in the bombing. Source: Apexchange

Mendelsohn flagged down a firefighter, who carried McGrath away from the scene in what became one of the most widely used photographs from the bombing.

McGrath later tracked down her rescuers and formed friendships with them, Mendelsohn said.

“At the time, I was angry that anyone could do such a thing,” Mendelsohn said of the bombing. “Now I’m angry that she’s been taken from us.”

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