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Clark University student, 2 others die in Haiti car crash

WORCESTER — Three members of a group associated with Clark University died in a vehicle accident in Haiti Wednesday and two were injured, school officials said.

Killed were Clark student Amanda K. Mundt, of Amherst; professor David Bell’s daughter, Meagan L. Bell; and Mundt’s aunt, whose name was not immediately available.

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David Bell, of Belchertown, interim director of Clark’s Department of Development, Community, and Environment, was seriously injured and was being transported to a Boston hospital, Clark officials said.

Mundt’s father, Kenneth Mundt, of Amherst, also injured, was flown to a Florida hospital.

Clark’s president, David Angel, informed faculty and staff of the news Thursday.

Mundt, 22, had been on leave from Clark for the past year and working as an intern with the Boston office of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Clark officials said.

“We were devastated to learn about the accident in Haiti. All of us at Clark University are mourning the tragic loss of life and injury to much-loved members of our community,” Angel said in a statement. As of Thursday afternoon, Clark officials had not been able to determine the circumstances of the accident.

Mundt spent the summer of 2011 establishing and running a summer school for students in grades 3 to 6 in Les Cayes, on the southeastern peninsula of Haiti.

The project was funded through her winning proposal to the Davis Projects for Peace Foundation, which brought a $10,000 grant, as well as a $2,000 grant from the Restavek Freedom Foundation.

Mundt was majoring in international development and social change. She was a Making A Difference Scholar and a member of the women’s field hockey team.

“Our thoughts and hopes are with Dave Bell, his family, and the Mundt family, and we mourn this tragic loss of life,” said William Fisher, Clark’s dean of graduate studies.

Shaun Sutner can be reached at ssutner@telegram.com.
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