Police said four people were taken to area hospitals by ambulance. Vincent Cammarata, 17, was taken by Life Star to Hartford Hospital where police said he died from injuries suffered in the crash.
Cammarata, who was affectionately known as Vinny, was from Watertown, however, he was a student at Cedarhurst School in Hamden. He graduated in June.
"The Cedarhurst School community is deeply saddened by the recent passing of one of its students. Vinnie Cammarata will be missed by all who knew him and whose lives he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his family as they mourn his loss. The school will be providing counseling and support to all Cedarhurst students and their families as needed," the school said in a statement.
Watertown Superintendent Dr. Bridget Carnemolla said Cammarata as "highly intelligent with an engaging personality, and he was definitely filled with great potential. He was interested in Science courses, and planned to study a Science-related field in college."
In total, there were eight males in the car ranging in age between 16 and 18 years old. Those involved in the crash were either current and former students of Watertown High School.
Shortly after the crash, police searched for two teenagers who fled the scene but were later located. The two teens called a relative to pick them up, who then called the police and brought them to the police station, according to officials.
Cammarata was the nephew of Naugatuck Police Lt. Bryan Cammarata, who described Vinny as intelligent, a talented musician, and witty.
"It's hard to imagine that we lost a family member who is so young," he said.
Flowers now sit where the crash happened. The other people inside the car are expected to survive.
“It's comforting for all of us as family members who were killed in a motor vehicle accident that people are showing their condolences in that way,” Cammarata said.
A memorial service has been set up for Thursday in Waterbury. More information on that can be found here.
Many questions about the crash still remain unanswered.
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