The community mourns the high school senior who died in an accident in Longmeadow
Students and community members at Longmeadow High School remember a “beloved” senior who died in a car accident over the weekend that also injured two others.
Katarina Boskovic, 18, was one of two passengers in the single-vehicle crash that occurred on Green Willow Drive around 1:35 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the Hampden County Attorney’s Office. She died at the scene.
The second passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Bay State Medical Center; The alleged driver, a male teenager, was slightly injured in the accident, according to prosecutors.
Corresponding MassLivethe surviving passenger was identified by authorities as Shea Hamel. According to the news site, as of Tuesday morning, Hamel was stable and still in the hospital’s children’s ward.
The circumstances of the accident remain under investigation by the Longmeadow Police Department and the Hampden District Attorney’s Office Motor Vehicle Homicide Unit.
“Charges related to motor vehicle homicide and operating under the influence will be appropriately pursued,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Longmeadow School Superintendent Marty O’Shea responded to the news of Boskovic’s death in a message to school families and staff on Saturday, calling her a “beloved member of the Longmeadow community”.
“As a distinguished athlete and volunteer coach of the Longmeadow Youth Athletics program, Kat has touched many lives,” O’Shea wrote. “Our deepest condolences go out to Katarina’s family, friends and the LPS staff who loved her.”
The 18-year-old captained the girls’ cross-country team last fall and led the team to win the Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championship Boston globe.
Students and parishioners gathered at St. Mary’s Parish in Longmeadow on Sunday night to commemorate Boskovic at an interfaith vigil, the newspaper reported.
Although Rev. Christopher J. Waitekus, the church’s pastor, did not know Boskovic personally, he said so globe He was approached by students about the vigil. The church quickly filled with seating for about 600 people and plenty more standing room.
According to the globeClassmates and friends took turns talking about Boskovic, which Waiteku says spoke volumes about Boskovic’s impact.
“I didn’t know this young lady, but after listening to student after student standing up there, I said to myself, it’s amazing how one young person can really influence their fellow students,” he told the newspaper. “These kids had no problem getting up and crying [talking about] the integrity and humor of this young woman. … It was a powerful, powerful moment in that church.”
The gathering, which began at 7 p.m., lasted until about 11 p.m. with prayer, songs and candlelight, Waitekus said. Those mourning Boskovic’s death also left flowers and a Kit Kat bar at a memorial near the crash site on Saturday, the authorities said globe.
Over the weekend, Longwood High School was open for part of the day to students and staff in need of assistance. The school also had a different schedule on Monday to allow students to process and grieve, and has additional in-school counselors and support for students and staff.
“We will do this on a day-to-day basis and will continue to support students as needed over the coming days and weeks,” Principal Tom Landers said in a May 9 message to students and families. “Thank you for your help and partnership. Together we will keep the Boskovic family in our prayers.”
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