Coon Rapids High School graduate (Class of 2012) and Seton Hill University (Pa.) freshman Amanda Michalski was hospitalized after a bus accident March 16.
Michalski is a member of the Griffins lacrosse team that was on its way to a game at Millersville University, Pa., when the bus carrying 23 people, including the team, crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The accident killed the bus driver, Griffins’ coach Kristina Quigley and her unborn son, according to news reports.
Michalski’s Coon Rapids lacrosse and soccer coach Jeff DeJoy said her parents, Gretchen and Gary Michalski were on their way to be with her at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, which is where DeJoy believed she was transported to by helicopter.
“I’m hearing secondhand knowledge and I’ve talked to a lot of people but we haven’t heard anything [additional] from her parents,” he said.
He believed Michalski sustained non-life threatening injuries but remains hospitalized, DeJoy said.
According to CBS 21 News (Pennsylvania), Michalski is listed in serious condition, while the condition of a second victim is unknown.
DeJoy said he last spoke with Michalski just before graduation last June. “She was excited to get out there and was the first lacrosse player from Coon Rapids that went outside the five-state region to play lacrosse in college,” he said. “She was quite elated.”
DeJoy said she played for the Minnesota Lakers, a summer club-level program which traveled nationally to compete at tournaments and also served as a way to be recruited by smaller schools out east.
Seton Hill was 2-1 and Michalski played in the most recent game, a 16-7 win over Shippensburg March 9.
This story will be updated when more information will be available.
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