FOXBORO – A 16-year-old Mansfield High School student was killed early Saturday when the car she was in crashed on Route 140 and overturned near a stand of trees.
Another student was injured in the crash according to school Principal Michael Connolly.
Teenage friends and classmates who visited the crash site near Walnut Street identified the victim as Michaela Smith, a member of the school’s lacrosse and soccer teams who was described as a hard worker and a popular student.
Foxboro Police said the single-car accident occurred about 3:20 a.m. Saturday. One person, trapped in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. A second occupant was ejected from the vehicle and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries police said. Speed appears to have been a contributing factor in the crash, police said.
The crash is under investigation by Foxboro police, The Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Section and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office.
Mansfield police and firefighters assisted at the scene and Sharon firefighters covered the fire station.
Mansfield High School called in counselors to meet with students troubled by the death, said Connolly. A number of students and parents visited the school Saturday.
Fellow students, many of whom carried flowers or notes to the crash scene, described Smith as spirited and hard-working. Elizabeth Doherty, captain of the lacrosse team, said Smith had missed games recently because she was recuperating from mononucleosis but was scheduled to return on Monday.
“She was so excited that she was going to be able to play,” said Doherty, a senior. Chris Lee, a classmate and friend, said Smith was personable and well-liked.
“I can’t think of a bad thing to say about her,” she said. “She was a great person. She had the funniest laugh. It was infectious.”
Louise Amsterburg, another classmate, said Smith was liked and respected by her fellow students.
“She had so many friends,” she said.
Bryan Hurley said Smith was very active in school and was “all about” school spirit.
Kevin Conner, a sophomore, said Smith was a funny person who knew how to keep her classmates entertained.
“She kept everybody happy,” he said.
Doherty said the death is a major shock to students at her school.
“I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet,” she said.
Connolly, the school’s principal, said grief counselors will be at the school all week to help staff and students deal with the tragedy.