The family of Adrienne Vaughan, a publishing executive who died after an accident involving two boats off the Amalfi Coast, released a statement expressing their grief.
Mike White, Vaughan’s husband, said Adrienne’s death at 45 years old has deeply affected their family. She was a devoted mother, wife and colleague at Bloomsbury USA, where she was president.
White called the circumstances surrounding her death “impossible to comprehend.” Italian authorities are investigating what occurred when a speedboat collided with a larger sailboat carrying around 70 passengers, including the Harry Potter’s publishing executive Vaughan and her family.
The speedboat’s driver, 30-year-old Elio Persico, faces charges related to operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Officials will work to determine his level of impairment and how it may have contributed to the crash.
White and others expressed hope that the investigation would identify those responsible and ensure appropriate accountability under Italian law. The family is cooperating with officials.
The publishing executive Vaughan was thrown from the sailboat upon impact and sustained fatal injuries from the speedboat’s propeller. White required surgery for a shoulder injury. Their children received treatment for shock but were not physically harmed.
The New York family had been vacationing in Italy when tragedy struck during a wedding reception aboard the sailboat. The investigation aims to establish exactly what transpired and bring closure to all affected by this loss of life.