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Two Philly women are released from hospital in crash that killed their coach

Monday, 18th March 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/18/13
From Press Releases

Police are investigating what caused a bus carrying the Seton Hill women’s lacrosse team to veer off the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside Harrisburg and crash into a tree on Saturday morning, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child and the driver.

Three passengers were seriously injured, and 19 others were hospitalized, including two Philly players that have since been released authorities said.

Pennsylvania Turnpike officials said 23 players and three coaches were aboard when the bus crashed at about 9 a.m.

Seton Hill coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, PA and formerly of Baltimore County, was one of two that died. Also killed was the bus driver, Anthony Gueaetta, 61, of Johnstown, PA. He died at the scene of the crash. Quigley was taken to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center where she died from her injuries.

Quigley was six months pregnant with an unborn baby boy that did not survive, authorities said.

Officials said three others suffered serious injuries; no further details were available. All other passengers taken to hospitals were not seriously injured.

Two of the players, sophomore Nicole Rossi (Methacton grad, of Collegeville), and senior Rachel Hilbert (Boyertown grad, of Perkiomenville) were taken to hospitals for minor injuries and released, officials said.

Quigley starred at Dundalk High, Md., and also played two seasons at Duquesne. She was in her second year as coach at Seton Hill, a Division II school.

Quigley is survived by her husband, Glenn Quigley and son, Gavin.

On Sunday night students and staff packed into Seton Hill University’s Saint Joseph’s Chapel for a memorial service for Quigley and other victims of the crash. The program for the service read: “In Loving Memory of Kristina Quigley and Son.” Also, flowers were piled on front of a lacrosse goal to serve as a memorial for Quigley and her son.

Duquesne University Director of Athletics Greg Amodio issued this statement:

“We at Duquesne University join Seton Hill University in mourning loss of Kristina. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Quigley family as well as the Seton Hill community as they cope with this terrible loss.”

Duquesne head women’s lacrosse coach Mike Scerbo:

“Kristie was a great coach and mentor, but more importantly she was a wonderful person. She had so much passion for lacrosse, life and most importantly her family. She will be missed.”


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