BROCKTON (CBS) — A high school freshman on his way home from baseball practice was killed when a car slammed into a tree in Brockton Tuesday afternoon.
Brockton Public School Superintendent Kathleen Smith said in a statement that all three people involved in the crash were Brockton High School students.
The crash happened around 12:25 p.m. on Summer Street.
A 19-year-old male who was driving was treated at the scene and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital. A 14-year-old boy sitting in the back seat was brought to South Shore Hospital and then transported to Boston Children’s Hospital.
WBZ-TV’s Juli McDonald reported that two members of the Brockton High School freshmen baseball team had just finished morning practice and were picked up by the high school senior for a ride home when the crash happened.
Family members identified Isaias Caban as the student who died in the crash.
Caban died on his father’s birthday. The teenager’s father said his son dreamed of serving in the army like his sister, then wanted to play baseball professionally.
“He wasn’t just my boy, he was my friend. My friend and son. He was my best friend,” said Osvaldo Caban, the boy’s father.
“I don’t believe it. I think I’m dreaming. I think I’m in a deep sleep dreaming that my son is not here. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I wake up tomorrow because the dream is going to continue.”
Smith said grief counselors would be available at the high school Wednesday morning.
State and Brockton Police are investigating the crash, the cause of which was not yet known.
Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter called the crash “a tragedy for our whole city.”
“Three families lives will never be the same,” said Carpenter.
“This is time of year when we really worry about our young people in cars. These things have always happened but it doesn’t make it any easier.”
Excessive speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.