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UConn Senior From Fairfield County Killed In Crash

A University of Connecticut student from Fairfield County has died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover crash.
A University of Connecticut student from Fairfield County has died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover crash. Photo Credit: Pixabay

A University of Connecticut student from Fairfield County has died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover crash.

The crash happened around 4 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 in Coventry, Connecticut, about seven miles west of UConn's campus in Storrs.

The student has been identified as Cole Montefusco, 21, of Redding, a 2016 graduate of Joel Barlow High School.

Montefusco was located on the side of the roadway seriously injured after being ejected from the vehicle during the crash on Boston Turnpike in the area of Lathrop Drive, the Coventry Police Department said.

Montefusco, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was transported by Ambulance Service of Manchester to Hartford Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said. 

Montefusco was a senior studying finance in the UConn School of Business, who had landed a coveted Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst internship and a place in the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity.

He was a member of the social fraternity Zeta Beta Tau and was a morale captain for the Huskython fundraiser. He was also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society for academically high-achieving students.

"The UConn community is grieving the loss of our student Cole Montefusco, who died Saturday as a result of an off-campus traffic accident," the University of Connecticut said in a statement. "We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, and wish them comfort in this difficult time.

"Cole exemplified the UConn spirit in his academic perseverance, community involvement and pursuit of his goals. Although his life was tragically cut short, his impact will be long-lasting and his memory will be deeply treasured."

Tom McMorran, the superintendent of Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools, said in a statement, "We will grieve the loss of Cole as we work to support everyone impacted by this tragic accident.”

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