Woman Who Survived Boston Marathon Bombing Killed, Along with Friend, in Car Crash in Dubai

Victoria McGrath was killed in a car crash in Dubai. (Facebook)
Victoria McGrath was killed in a car crash in Dubai. (Facebook)

Two Northeastern University students, one of whom was injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, were killed in a car crash in Dubai, the university said on Monday.

The victims were identified as Victoria McGrath and Priscilla Perez Torres, both undergraduates. The university said the two were in Dubai on a personal trip.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Victoria McGrath and Priscilla Perez Torres in this extremely difficult time,” Northeastern University said in a statement.

McGrath was near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013 when two bombs exploded, sending shrapnel into her leg. She was saved by early responders, including bystander Bruce Mendelsohn and Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde, who used a T-shirt as a tourniquet on her leg and carried her to safety. The dramatic moment was memorably captured in the photo below.

McGrath, then 20, met with the early responders at Tufts Medical Center a few days after the bombing, The Today Show reported.

“The doctor told me if you hadn’t have done that, then I would have died,” McGrath told Mendelsohn, who tied a tourniquet around her leg. “You saved my life.”

Brooke Hynes, a public affairs official at Tufts Medical Center who worked with the McGrath family in the days after the bombing, said McGrath was a “lovely” person.

“Her personality [and] her sparkle were amazing during the whole marathon bombing crisis,” Hynes said. “She was wonderfully smart and had a passion for life and people loved talking with her, being with her, and caring for her.”

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SOURCE: Eric Levenson