HARTFORD- Students, friends and families in three communities are mourning the loss of three young men killed in a car accident on Interstate 91 Sunday. ‘
State police confirmed today that Moses Negron, 18, a New Britain High School Junior, Kerion Rogers, 20, a Bristol Eastern High School graduate and Taahir Harris, a Southington High School graduate, were killed when the car they were riding in went off the roadway and struck a tree Sunday morning.
The driver of the car, Christopher Vega, 20, of Plainville, survived. His three passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. Vega’s car was traveling south on I-91 near exit 47E in Enfield when it veered off to the right side of the road, traveled through the grass shoulder and up an embankment and hit a tree, said state police who have not released any other details about the crash.
New Britain High School students will hold a candlelight vigil Friday at 7 p.m. to honor Negron at the Satellite Careers Academy at the Roosevelt school where he attended. Grief counseling has been offered to students, NBHS officials said.
“The students and staff at the Satellite Careers Academy are shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of Moses,” said the school’s Principal Michael Foran. “He was well liked and respected at our school. His teachers describe him simply as a ‘great kid.’ He will be missed by all of us at the SCA and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Additional social work services are being offered to staff and students to help them cope with the tragedy, Foran said.
Students and friends have mobilized to help Negron’s family pay for his funeral expenses with a GoFundMe account and by selling necklaces that can be worn at Friday’s vigil. Negron was known for his outgoing personality and ability to make others laugh, his long-time friend Marco Arroyo said. “He was a really funny person, a really straight forward person,” Arroyo said. “Everything about him gave off good vibes. There was no way you could be in a bad mood around him.”
He attended New Britain schools throughout his education, said Superintendent Nancy Sarra. “As former principal of Jefferson Elementary School, I had the privilege of knowing Moses,” Sarra said. “He was a kind-hearted and friendly boy who was well-liked by his peers. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time.”
Rogers graduated Bristol Eastern High School in 2016. Friends will hold a candlelight vigil for him at the school Saturday at 7 p.m. Harris played on the Southington High School football team. He also graduated in 2016.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.