A Medway triathlete, high school teacher, and mother of three who was struck by an alleged drunk driver last month died on Thanksgiving.
Andrea Alves Bosworth, 38, of Medway was critically injured Oct. 22 when she was hit by a vehicle while standing in the breakdown lane of Interstate 95 in Providence. Bosworth worked as a technology teacher at Nipmuc Regional High School.
On Thursday, Bosworth’s family announced that she died via a GoFundMe page that was set up for her children at www.gofundme.com/ironmanandrea.
“On this bittersweet day of thanks, it is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andrea Alves Bosworth,” her family wrote. “It’s been 32 days since Andrea was struck by an alleged impaired driver. Thirty-two days of heartbreak and anguish. Thirty-two days of suffocating fear and disbelief beyond measure. We’ve sobbed and screamed, pounded our fists, and pleaded with God. We’ve begged and bargained, offered our souls and our worldly possessions just to have her back. It was not meant to be. Andrea rests peacefully now.”
Bosworth had completed her third Ironman triathlon only days before the accident, according to the GoFundMe page.
John Clements, principal of Nipmuc Regional High School, said Bosworth had been teaching at the school since the 2016-2017 school year and she will be missed.
“She was great,” he said. “She’ll be remembered as a teacher who went above and beyond to make things fun and exciting for the kids. She served as a role model for the students.”
Clements continued: “Her loss is going to be felt deeply by everyone in the Nipmuc community.”
Rhode Island State Police confirmed Bosworth died Thursday and said they are working with the attorney general’s office to upgrade the charges against Yiranis Liz, 30, of Providence, who was allegedly driving the car that crashed into Bosworth around 2:20 a.m. Oct. 22.
At the time of the crash, Bosworth was serving as a designated driver and reportedly pulled over and walked over to the passenger side of the car to check on her friend.
Police said Liz was driving south on I-95 when she lost control of her vehicle and veered into the breakdown lane and struck Bosworth, who was standing next to her passenger’s door.
Liz was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs; driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs resulting in serious bodily injury; and operating to endanger resulting in serious bodily injury. She was also was cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test; laned roadway violations; failure to maintain reasonable and prudent speeds; and operating a motor vehicle without evidence of insurance. She was arraigned and released on personal recognizance, according to police.
Liz’s next court date is scheduled for Jan. 23, according to the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office.
Friends and relatives of Bosworth’s are reeling from the tragic accident.
Debbie Eddy owns Miles To Go Sports, a triathlon and running store in Sutton that Bosworth used to frequent. Eddy recalled Bosworth bringing her 10-year-old daughter in to get a wetsuit for her first triathlon.
“When I think of Andrea, I was in awe of how dedicated she was to her three children,” Eddy said. “She was always with them.”
Roy Cervantes, owner of Grace Bicycles in Holliston, said Bosworth was a good friend who worked as an ambassador for his shop. She helped him do tech support for the Title 9 women’s triathlon in Hopkinton in September. He recalled one time during that race when a rider crashed, and Bosworth rushed immediately over to the fallen triathlete. “She helped comfort the rider while waiting for EMTs to arrive,” he said.
He said another time during that same race, Bosworth noticed some riders who were struggling, so she started running alongside them and gave them a boost of encouragement.
“A lot of riders appreciated what she did that day,” he said.Emily Sweeney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.