MIDDLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have released the names of the five people who died in a wrong-way crash early Monday morning in Middleboro.
A car traveling south in the northbound lanes of I-495 struck another vehicle head-on in the area of Exit 3, according to police.
The wrong-way driver died as a result, along with the four occupants of the second vehicle.
The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was identified by state police as Valantein V. Burson, 31, of Fall River.
“She had a great bubbly personality, a contagious laugh,” said Amanda Pignataro about her friend, Burson. “Somebody you know if you were going to hang out with, you were going to have a great time.”
All four victims in the second car were male college students heading back to campus after visiting family for the weekend, according to the dad of one of the victims.
On Tuesday, Massachusetts State Police identified the men as Kraig A. Diggs, 20, of Paxton and Osterville, Jordan J. Galvin-Jutras, 19, of Hyannis, Jordan J. Fisher, 19, of Harwich, and Cory P. Licata, 18, of West Babylon, N.Y.
According to police, Diggs and Galvin-Jutras attended Anna Maria College in Paxton while Fisher and Licata were students at Becker College in Worcester.
“It’s a tragic, tragic accident,” said Pignataro.
Pignataro doesn’t understand why Burson was on the wrong side of the road.
“I really don’t know and I don’t think anyone will really know,” she said. “It’s just sad.”
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.