Former East Haven football, baseball player dies in I-95 crash – New Haven Register
OLD LYME >> A former three-sport athlete at East Haven High School died early Wednesday after the car he was driving went off Interstate 95 and crashed in Old Lyme.
Michael DeAngelo, 19, died after the Lexus ES 300 he was driving crashed into a wooden sound barrier wall, Connecticut State Police said in a press release later Wednesday.
A vigil was set for 7 p.m. Wednesday night in front of Newbury Hall at Western Connecticut State University, where Deangelo was living while he attended school there. He played first base and designated hitter for the university’s baseball team, the Colonials.
The Colonials and Head Coach Johnny Susi will honor DeAngelo’s life before a game this week when they play either John Jay College on Thursday or University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday, a university spokesman said in a statement.
DeAngelo hit the game-winning RBI single in the Colonials’ 7-6 come-from-behind victory April 13 over Purchase College.
State Police responded to a report of the crash shortly before 1 a.m. Investigators found Deangelo had been northbound when he veered off the right side of I-95 and hit the wall near northbound Exit 70. He was pronounced dead at about 1:30 a.m.
Deangelo graduated from East Haven High School. Nicknamed ‘Diesel,” he played football, basketball and baseball for the Yellowjackets and was a senior captain in all three sports, according to GameTime CT. He was an All-SCC selection and recipient of the Levi Jackson Award while at East Haven.
He played several positions in football, including linebacker and defensive tackle. In his senior year on the baseball team, DeAngelo batted .288 with 19 hits, 11 RBIs and seven runs scored.
DeAngelo, who graduated East Haven in 2015, was a freshman first baseman for the Western Connecticut University baseball team.
Wednesday’s accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information can contact State Police Troop F in Westbrook at 860-399-2100.