UMass official hurt in Memorial Day crash dies

This is the second of three articles about the Oxford car crash and fatalities. 

Published in The Boston Globe June 1, 2016 – Metro Front B1

A University of Massachusetts Boston official who was seriously injured when she was struck by a vehicle while walking on Memorial Day has died, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Gina Cappello, 52, of Andover, was vice chancellor for university advancement at UMass Boston.

She died on Tuesday, the Worcester district attorney’s office said.

“The staff members who worked with Gina every day, and indeed the entire campus community, looked to Gina as a kind and capable leader who helped our university build positive relationships with our alumni, the corporate community, and many other friends,” said Chancellor J. Keith Motley in a message to the UMass Boston community.

Cappello was struck by a car in Oxford and rushed to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. The man she was walking with, 53-year-old Daniel Sullivan of Oxford, was pronounced dead at the scene on Monday.

The events unfolded when a vehicle exiting Interstate 395 onto Sutton Avenue started a chain reaction crash that involved the car that hit Sullivan and Cappello, as well as three other cars. Seven other people were taken to the hospital. State and local police are investigating.

Cappello was appointed vice chancellor in 2012, Motley said.

She started at the university in 2007 as assistant vice chancellor for major gifts.

She led UMass Boston’s largest fund-raising campaign, Just Imagine, which has a $100 million goal, Motley said.



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