NEWPORT, RI — The Salve Regina University community is mourning after a student was fatally injured in an accident in Portsmouth, NH early Thanksgiving morning.
Drew Ceppetelli, 21, of Barrington, NH, was one of six people in a speeding 2018 Porsche Macan on Route 1 Bypass South that crashed just after 1 a.m. while entering the Portsmouth roundabout, according to New Hampshire State Police .
The car rolled over several times, throwing some occupants out of the car. All of them, including the driver, a 22-year-old man from Northwood, NH, were taken to local hospitals.
Ceppetelli died from her injuries a few hours later. While the accident is still under investigation, state police said speeding and driver impairment were possible factors.
Ceppetelli studied health administration at Salve Regina University, where she was also a member of the softball team dubbed the “Lucky Seven.” She would have graduated in 2023.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Drew Ceppetelli. Her infectious smile made everyone around her smile. Our program is better thanks to Drew and we hope we can continue to make her proud.
We love you Drew, give Frankie a big hug for us. Fly high lucky seven 💚💙🤍 pic.twitter.com/FXX6pD0N00
— Salve Regina Softball (@salve_softball) November 25, 2022
University President Kelli Armstrong broke the news of Ceppetelli’s death to the school community Friday morning and offered a prayer for her and her loved ones.
“We join Drew’s family and friends in mourning her tragic death and ask that you keep in your thoughts and prayers Drew and everyone who loved her,” Armstrong said. The university offered its advisory services and awaited plans for a vigil and service for Ceppetelli.
Head Softball Coach Shauna Mulkerin said the team was heartbroken. “She was truly one of a kind and lit up every room she walked into. She was our backbone, an incredible leader, teammate and friend,” Mulkerin said. “Drew will never know how much of an impact she had on everyone who was lucky enough to be a part of her life. We already miss her a lot, but know that she will still be with us this season.”