Saturday, May 17, 2014

Route 6 Tragedy, Posthumous NY Times Best Seller

As US Route 6 spans 3,205 miles across the United States, crashes, injuries and deaths are a common occurrence.  But none captured the attention of the world as did the May 2012 death of 22 year old Marina Keegan, a Yale graduate with a promising future as a writer, in Dennis, MA on Cape Cod.

Here's a short write-up from the day after Keegan's death:

Cape Cod Today 5/27/12: Woman dead, male driver injured in Dennis rollover on Route 6. One person was killed and another injured in a single-vehicle rollover on Route 6 eastbound in Dennis Saturday at 2:20 p.m. The couple were both 22 and had graduated last Monday from Yale University in New Haven, CT. The man was driving, and his woman passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The Yale Daily News reports that the dead woman was identified as Marina Keegan of Wayland, MA. She was a passenger in a 1997 Lexus ES300 driven by Michael Gocksch of New York, and both members of the 2012 class at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, where she excelled as a student and featured on National Public Radio and the New York Times.

The last essay that Keegan wrote for the Yale newspaper, The Opposite of Loneliness, is the title of a collection of her essays and stories - and now a New York Times Best Seller. 

May you rest in peace, Marina. Your spirit lives on to inspire others.

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