BU Student Injured In Deadly Crash Moved Out Of ICU

An incoming Baylor freshman who was severely injured in a one-vehicle crash that claimed the lives of a current student and a recent graduate has been transferred out of intensive care.

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WACO (August 7, 2014) Incoming Baylor University freshman Megan Taylor Ritzi, 18, of Fort Worth, who was in extremely critical condition after a one-vehicle crash on July 29 that killed a current student and a recent graduate, has been transferred out of the intensive care unit of Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, the hospital confirmed Thursday.

Laura Ezinwa Onwudinanti, 21, of Grand Prairie, and John Patrick "Jack" Stewart, 19, of Dallas died when the pickup truck in which they, Ritzi and Jacob Travis Hale, 21, of Dallas, were riding, veered off state Highway 7 and slammed into a tree in Falls County near the Limestone County line

A celebration of Onwudinanti’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, at 2024 South Collins St., in Arlington.

A funeral Mass for Stewart was held last Saturday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dallas.

Hale, 21, of Dallas, who authorities said was driving, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released from Scott & White.

Onwudinanti received a bachelor's degree in instrumental music in May and was planning to begin graduate study at the University of Michigan in the fall.

Stewart was a junior instrumental studies major and Hale is a senior instrumental music major, Baylor said.

The eastbound pickup in which the four students were riding evidently drifted onto the shoulder and the driver over-corrected, which caused the truck to veer off the highway and hit the tree, authorities said.

The four were on their way to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., to perform at The International Clarinet Association meeting, which started Thursday.

The association observed moments of silence before each evening concert through Sunday.

“The International Clarinet Association is heartbroken to learn of this tragedy. We send the families and friends our prayers for those lost, and for the recovery of the two injured students,” the organization said.

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