Friends say a New Britain High School student and a Bristol Eastern High School graduate were among three people killed in a crash Sunday morning on Interstate 91 in Enfield.
Moses Negron, an 18-year-old New Britain High School student who attended the Careers Academy at Roosevelt Early Learning Center on Goodwin Street, and Kerion Rogers, a 2016 graduate of Bristol Eastern High School, were killed in the crash.
A third person also died, but has not been named by state police, who are investigating the accident.
State police identified the driver of the car as Christopher Vega, 20, of 48 Park St., Plainville. He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Vega was behind the wheel of a 1999 Lexus heading south on I-91 in the area of Exit 47E at about 7:20 a.m. when the car left the highway through the shoulder, went up an embankment and struck a tree.
The three passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.
Negron was described by friends as a funny, caring person who was always making people laugh. He had just turned 18 on Dec. 27, said Tatiana Diaz, a childhood friend.
“He was the best person to be around,” Diaz said. “He always had a joke. He was very outgoing.”
Diaz grew up with Negron in the former Corbin Heights housing project. She arranged a candle-lighting ceremony in his name Sunday night and started a GoFundMe page for his family to help pay for his funeral expenses.
“He loved to make everybody laugh,” said 17-year-old Maria Rivera, who lived next door to him. “Every time he came in a room, he brought positive energy.”
Rivera went to school with Negron at Careers Academy at Roosevelt and said he talked to him every day.
They last spoke on Saturday, she said, and discussed plans they had for the weekend.
“And then I got the call” that he had died in the crash, she said.
Many students at NBHS wore black in honor of Negron Monday, longtime friend Eduardo Flores said.
“He was a caring person, always cracking jokes, always happy,” Flores, 16, said. “I felt heartbroken. He was so young. He just turned 18. It hurts a lot.”
Friends said Rogers, who had been on the track team at Bristol Eastern, was also killed in the crash.
Most said they didn’t recognize the name of the driver or know how the three knew each other.
State police are looking for anyone who may have seen the crash or the way the car was being driven before the crash.
Witnesses are asked contact Trooper Michael Falana at Troop H at 860-534-1000.