Friends remember victim of boat crash


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Updated: 5/16/2013 5:37 pm Published: 5/16/2013 5:04 pm


FOX23 learned another former Cascia Hall student was behind the wheel of Tuesday's deadly boat crash on Grand Lake.

The Delaware County district attorney is now reviewing the case to see if John Deselms will be charged for the two deaths.

FOX23's Sharon Phillips talked to the driver's brother off camera. He said his brother is out of the hospital, but is still very shaken up by what happened and so are the students and staff at Cascia Hall.

It was supposed to be a fun day out on Grand Lake, but Tuesday evening the boat that carried former Cascia Hall students, John Deselms, Eugene DeVerges, Bryce Banham and Rachel Swetnam crashed into a docked 100-foot houseboat.

Investigators believe alcohol and speed may have been a factor. Rachel Swetnam and William Varner, known as Trey, both died in the crash.

Headmaster Roger Carter said he was at home when he began receiving texts about what happened.

"They're just part of your family and so when they hurt, then you hurt," said Carter.

Carter says Rachel was a beautiful young girl, and one thing in particular stood out to him.

"She came from Tennessee and she had this beautiful Southern drawl, so when she would talk to you, I still remember that very fondly."

But being from out of state didn't stop her from making fast friends.

"She just fit in great and I would like to think that God gave us, even though it was a very short time, he gave us some time with Rachel," said Carter.

While Carter and the rest of the school mourns her passing, his heart also bleeds for the young men who were with her on that tragic day.

Many of who played football and tennis at Cascia and were very involved in the community.

"They were really all fine young men and were guys that contributed a lot to our school," said Carter.

The headmaster said a service will be held for Rachel on Saturday at Christ the King at 10 a.m.

The family of Rachel Swetnam is asking that instead of flowers or food, friends can donate to the Rachel Swetnam scholarship fund at the Bank of Grove.


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collentine1 - 5/16/2013 6:09 PM
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Dear God! There is really Nothing worse than a boat wreck!
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