Dover-Sherborn High School mourns senior killed in car accident – NBC Boston
The principal of Dover-Sherborn High School in Massachusetts said the community was “heartbroken” over the loss of one of its seniors who was killed in a car accident on Saturday.
In a statement released by the high school, principal John Smith identified the victim as Owen Bingham, a senior high school student and captain of the school’s state champion golf team.
“Most importantly, Owen was a loyal friend to many and loved by all of his teachers throughout his years in the Dover Sherborn school system,” Smith wrote in a public statement. “He had a great personality, a wonderful sense of humor and made life better for everyone around him.”
According to Smith, Bingham had been accepted to Lafayette University in Pennsylvania.
The teenager died on Saturday night when he was ejected from his SUV after losing control while driving with several passengers in Dover.
Dover Police responded to Walpole Street at around 1.10am on Saturday after multiple 911 calls reported a crash involving a car in the Powder House Road area.
Responding officers found a Honda CRV on the roadway. The driver, an 18-year-old from Sherborn who had been thrown from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Initial investigation shows the SUV was traveling north on Walpole Street when the teenager lost control and the vehicle left the roadway, hitting a guardrail and coming to rest against a tree. Police do not know at this time why the victim lost control while driving.
There were four other passengers in the SUV at the time of the crash, police said, including an 18-year-old from Dover, an 18-year-old from Sherborn and two 17-year-olds from Dover. All were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police did not say whether the driver or his passengers were wearing seat belts, or what could have caused the driver to lose control.
Police did not release the name of the victim, but there was an outpouring of support from the Sherborn community on Saturday night as they mourned someone they called a brilliant young man.
“He was a light, he had charisma… he had a big heart. He loved people, he was a very good young man,” said Reverend John Hudson of Pilgrim Church.
The Pilgrim Church in Sherborn was overflowing on Saturday evening with people gathering to mourn privately after the fatal crash overnight in Dover. Friends filled the crash site with flowers, golf clubs, weights, flowers and messages of love as part of a memorial for the young man gone too soon.
“What I told the kids was that the last thing God wants us to be is for us to be alone,” Hudson said. “We need to be with other people to support and love each other to share memories and mourn together too.”
The pastor said the teenager participated in the church’s youth group. He told NBC10 Boston that his service will be at the end of the week.
An investigation is underway.