Police identify victim in Harvard/Yale tailgating crash - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Police identify victim in Harvard/Yale tailgating crash


One person is dead and two others were injured after they were hit while tailgating at the Yale/Harvard football game.

New Haven police said the tailgaters were hit by a U-Haul truck in the Lot D parking lot.

The first victim, Nancy Barry, 30, of Salem, MA, was rushed by ambulance to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where at 10:16 a.m., she was pronounced dead.

The other victims, 31-year old Sarah Short of New Haven, CT and Elizabeth Dernback, 23, from Florida, were taken to local hospitals.

Short is listed in serious but stable condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital with a broken leg.

Dernback was treated and released for minor injuries from St. Raphael's Hospital in New Haven.

New Haven Police PIO David Hartman tells Eyewitness News that a rented U-Haul box truck, operated by Brandon J. Ross, of New Haven, CT, entered the lot from Central Avenue and made a left turn toward a grassy area where other vehicles and similar trucks were parked. This was only about 100 (or so) feet from the lot entrance.

As the truck turned, it accelerated and struck three pedestrians before colliding with two parked box trucks. The parked trucks were enough to stop the vehicle from proceeding any further.

Officers summoned Fire and EMS Departments, which were on the scene within minutes, having traveled a short distance from several Yale Bowl EMS staging areas. Police, Fire and EMS personnel attended to the three victims.

Police tell Eyewitness News that Ross, the U-Haul operator, had passed a standard Field Sobriety Test, administered by police, following the accident. The cargo area of the truck did, in fact, contain several "beer kegs."

At this time, no criminal charges have been filed against Ross. The truck has been impounded, and is being preserved for inspection.

Investigators are conducting several tests on the truck at this time.

The New Haven Police Department is continuing their investigation into the crash.

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