Glen Allen High student killed in James River tubing accident: 'Devastating loss'

Julia Budzinski James River
Posted at 7:19 PM, Jul 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-04 16:22:48-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – A tubing accident on the James River left a 17-year-old girl dead on Saturday.

Sources told WTVR CBS 6 that Julia Budzinski was killed after falling from her tube into the river.

"After the girls fell off of the tube, and the operator was on his way back to get them out of the water, the boat hit a wave causing it to be pushed on top of [Budzinski] striking her with the propeller," a DWR spokesperson wrote in an email. "The operator immediately jumped into the river to rescue the victim, as did another passing boat operator. Once they got the girl out of the water, they rushed back for help."

Budzinski was taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Neither foul player nor alcohol was considered a factor in the incident, according to investigators.

"DWR sends their condolences to the friends and family during this unimaginable time," the email concluded.

Julia Budzinski James River
Julia Budzinski was killed in a tubing accident on the James River on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

Budzinzki was an athlete at Glen Allen High School, according to those sources.

She is the daughter of former University of Richmond baseball player and Toronto Blue Jays Coach Mark "Bud" Budzinski.

A moment of silence was held at Sunday's Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays game.

The team released a statement offering their condolences to the family.

"The Budzinskis have been part of our Blue Jays family over the last four seasons. This devastating loss is felt by our entire organization and we grieve alongside Bud and his family," Ross Atkins, Toronto Blue Jays General Manager and EVP of Baseball Operations, said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark and Monica, and their children Josh and Lily, at this time."

Those who knew the teen gathered on the football field at Glen Allen High School Sunday evening to share memories.

"She was the sweetest person," one young woman said. "I remember when she would congratulate me... it just put a smile on my face."

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email to send a tip.

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