Vigils to be held for Milford teen killed in crash

MILFORD, MA (WHDH) - Two vigils will be held Tuesday for a 19-year-old woman killed in a car crash in Milford Sunday night.

The crash happened at around 11 p.m. on Congress Street. Police said the car crashed into a telephone pole and then into a parked minivan.

“I was asleep and I heard the most ungodly scream you could possibly hear,” said neighbor Karen Schulman.

The six victims were taken to the hospital, where 19-year-old Jacqueline Gray was pronounced dead. The five other people in the car suffered minor injuries.

According to police, the teens had just left JJ’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Upton, where some of them worked. They were headed to the Milford fireworks when the crash happened.

Gray worked at JJ’s Ice Cream Shoppe and was a student at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

“She was just such a sweet, vivacious, wonderful young woman,” said Johnna Gorman, Gray’s boss from JJ’s Ice Cream Shoppe. “We’ll miss her very much.”

A vigil will be held from 8-9 p.m. at Milford High School. Milford Public Schools will offer counseling services for current and former students on July 6 and 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Another vigil will also be held at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, where Gray was active in the church’s youth group.

Police are now investigating the cause of the crash. They said distracted driving is a possibility but they are also investigating mechanical failure after some victims said the brakes were not working.

“We were told by some of the passengers in the car the driver stated, ‘I can’t control the car, the brakes don’t work, jump out,’” said Milford Police Deputy Chief James Heron. The driver did jump out of the car but it is not known if Gray also jumped or was ejected.

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