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Marathon bombing survivor's car accident caused by alcohol and speed: Prosecutor

Survivor Victoria McGrath was in a Ferrari 458 Spider with three others when it jumped the curb and slammed into a pole.
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A Dubai prosecutor said the car accident that killed Boston Marathon bombing survivor and Northeastern student Victoria McGrath was caused by high speed and alcohol, the Boston Herald reported.

The accident reportedly took the lives of three others including fellow Northeastern student Priscilla Perez Torres, Canadian boxer Cody Nixon and James Portuondo.

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“The crash early Sunday morning near Dubai's Jumeirah Lake Towers neighborhood saw the yellow, two-seat Ferrari 458 Spider jump a curb and slam into a pole, splitting the sports car in half,” the Boston Herald reported. “Only 10 minutes earlier, surveillance footage at a nearby hotel caught those involved in the crash hopping into the Ferrari, with the two American women sitting in the passenger seat, the Canadian boxer sitting in the middle and the other man driving.”

Investigators would not estimate how fast the car was going when it crashed, but they did say that all of the passengers had consumed alcohol and were going far above the 25 mph speed limit.

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Perhaps one of the cruelest aspects of the story is that on the same day as the accident, Nixon shared a picture of himself with a yellow Ferrari with the caption, “Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don't worry I won't speed ;).”

Just landed into Dubai picked up the Ferrari! Don't worry I won't speed ;)

A photo posted by Cody (@travelwithcody) on

McGrath was a bystander at the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. She suffered nerve damage that required physical therapy as a result of the explosion.

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“I was literally five feet away from where the first bomb went off,” McGrath told the Today show in an interview. “I don't know how you can put a bomb there and look at the people around and know that you're going to kill them. I don't understand it.”

Matt Lee is a web producer for Metro New York. He writes about almost everything and anything. Talk to him (or yell at him) on Twitter so he doesn’t feel lonely: @off_Yellow.
 
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