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February 2, 2013

No jail time for Yale student in fatal accident


In a November 2011 interview with The Salem News, St. Pierre described her daughter as genuine and “the most unpretentious person you’d ever want to meet.”

A 1999 graduate of Salem High School, Barry went on to study fashion at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. A lifelong resident of the city, Barry was a star in soccer and track at Salem High.

She had worked as a designer for Appleseed’s, New Balance and Jacalyn E.S. Bennett and Co. in Newburyport.

Her family — her mother; sister, Daniella Broadbent; and grandmother, Nancy St. Pierre, of Salem — submitted a letter to the editor of The Salem News thanking the community for their support after Barry’s death.

“We just don’t have the words to express how grateful and deeply moved we are by the outpouring of love we have received,” they wrote in December 2011. “Nancy was taken from us too quickly, but her memory will live on in our hearts and in all the friends she made and the lives she got to be a part of.”

Barry had gone to the Nov. 19, 2011 Harvard-Yale football game with a group of friends.

Also injured in the truck accident were Sarah Short, 31, a Yale student, and Elizabeth Dernbach, 23, a Harvard employee. Short has filed a lawsuit against Ross and U-Haul.

Yesterday, prosecutor David Strollo said Ross said he did not intentionally cause the accident.

“By all accounts, he was appropriately remorseful,” Strollo said.

Strollo said Ross was driving a rented U-Haul and when he reached a parking lot, pedestrian traffic was blocking the way. Ross revved the engine in an effort to get the pedestrians to move, but the car took off, Strollo said.

Ross said he was hitting the brake, but it was the gas pedal, Strollo said.

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