Hundreds attend vigil for Middleboro crash victims

Vigil for Middleboro crash victims

HYANNIS, Mass. (WPRI) — Hundreds of people gathered on Cape Cod Wednesday night to mourn the loss of four college students killed by a wrong-way driver earlier this week.

A vigil was held on the Hyannis Village Green to honor Kraig Diggs, Jordan Galvin-Jutras, Jordan Fisher, and Cory Licata.

The four men were returning to school after a weekend trip when they were struck head-on by another car on I-495 in Middleboro, according to police. All four died as a result, along with the driver of the second car.

Diggs, 20, of Paxton and Osterville, and Galvin-Jutras, 19, of Hyannis, attended Anna Maria College while Fisher, 19, of Harwich, and Licata, 18, of West Babylon, N.Y., were students at Becker College.

The wrong-way driver was identified as 31-year-old Valantein Burson of Fall River. Police continue to investigate why she was driving on the wrong side of the highway.

According to police, Burson had a substantial list of prior driving offenses. There were 17 entries on her record from Oct. 2004 to Jan. 2016, including 5 citations for speeding. Her license was also suspended in January for failing to pay her registration.

In the days after the crash, Massachusetts lawmakers began looking for ways to better prevent wrong-way drivers.

During a Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight hearing, lawmakers suggested that in addition to the existing “wrong way” and “do not enter” signage, green arrows could be painted on highway ramps to indicate the appropriate direction of travel.