Henrico County teacher dies in boat crash, nine others injured

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – 25-year-old Amanda Brady is described by the principal as someone who touched the lives of her students on a daily basis. She was a 5th grade teacher and she was engaged to be married. Today, friends, family, and colleagues are mourning her death.

On her facebook page Amanda Brady describes herself as a softball, volleyball, and Philadelphia Eagles fan. She graduated from Radford University in 2007, and was a teacher at Longan Elementary School in Henrico County.

In a statement the school district says in part, quote "We are saddened to learn of the death of our colleague. The entire Henrico County public schools family is thankful for her dedication and service to our students. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones."

Brady's body was recovered from the Rappahannock River Tuesday morning; one of ten people on the boat that crashed.

Brady's fiancé, 26-year-old Patrick Nixon of Glen Allen, was also on that boat. He's recovering in the hospital. On Nixon's facebook page, prayers and well wishes are pouring in. One reads, "My heart is breaking." Another says, "You're in everyone's thoughts and prayers."

Nixon's brother, Steve, was piloting the boat when it crashed. Steve is a captain with the Richmond Fire Department. He and his wife are in stable condition at VCU Medical Center. Firefighters who work with Steve were seen visiting him Tuesday. They say they'll be there to support Steve and his family.

As for woman who lost her life in the crash, she recently wrote on her fiancé's facebook page "6 more weeks"; perhaps, a countdown to their wedding day. Two minors that were on that boat are also at VCU Medical Center. We're told their parents have requested no information be released on their conditions. The other folks who were injured are recovering at hospitals in Tappahannock and Washington D.C.

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