Cause of Seton Hill lacrosse team bus crash still unknown
By Kari Andren
Published: Monday, March 18, 2013, 2:21 p.m.
An autopsy report released on Monday gave no insight into what caused the driver of a tour bus carrying the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team to veer off the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Saturday morning and hit a tree, killing the driver, the head coach and her unborn son.
Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg died of multiple traumatic injuries, Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall said. Her unborn son, Jackson, died of blood loss, an autopsy showed.
Both died in Penn State Hershey Medical Center on Saturday.
The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown died at the scene of multiple traumatic blunt-force injuries, the coroner said. Toxicology tests for Guaetta are pending.
Fourteen students were injured.
Investigators are still gathering information and have not determined what caused Guaetta to drive the Mlaker Charter & Tours bus off the roadway, according to turnpike police.
Police said the bus was traveling east when it veered off, hit a guardrail and traveled 75 yards before smashing into a tree about 8:50 a.m. Saturday, a mile east of the Carlisle interchange.
The team was en route to a game against Millersville University, about 50 miles away.
Twelve of the injured players were treated in four hospitals and released. Two remained in Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
Amanda Michalski, a freshman from Coon Rapids, Minn., remained in serious condition, a hospital spokesman said. The condition of the other student could not be learned.
A fund set up for Quigley's 21⁄2-year-old son, Gavin, and her husband, Glenn, had nearly $20,000 in donations from 446 people by evening.
Liz Goff, a childhood friend of Quigley's, set up the fund through gofundme.com, a fundraising website.
“Kristie was there for my family when my son passed and I will be there for hers,” Goff wrote on the fund's page. “Kristie was an amazing woman whose heart was the biggest I've ever known. ... Please donate whatever you can to ease the financial burden of this family.”
Players and some parents contacted did not return messages, but several expressed thanks on a “Play 4 Seton Hill” Facebook page dedicated to showing how lacrosse teams across the country are honoring the small Catholic liberal arts school in Greensburg and its late coach.
The page had more than 6,700 “likes.” Photos show dozens of teams from Connecticut to Michigan to North Carolina that looped maroon and gold ribbons through their shoelaces and ponytails, wrote Seton Hill's school initials on their cleats and wrists, and penned messages of support on white lacrosse balls that will be sent to Seton Hill players.
The team “has displayed tremendous strength during the last few days,” said Jaimie Steel, associate dean of students at Seton Hill. “They are a cohesive group, and (Quigley) would be proud of them.”
Steel read a brief statement describing Quigley's passion for service and helping others.
“I first met Kristina when we donated our hair for the ‘Locks of Love' program. Immediately I thought she had a special quality, one that drew you to her,” Steel said.
Kari Andren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Panthers free agent safety headed to Steelers
- Orpik rises to occasion as Penguins take down Capitals once again
- Figure skating coach dies in crash at Washington County Airport
- Penguins notebook: Letang skating, but no return set
- Police charge Westmoreland County priest in $124,000 theft case
- Students prepare for robotics competitions
- Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto proposes $16M for schools to boost population
- Starkey: No shame for Robert Morris
- Memo confirms VA Pittsburgh officials knew of Legionella threat early on
- Elizabeth Forward school director accused in coin, jewelry theft
- Obamacare dramatically increases costs for some small businesses