Michael DeAngelo

By: Thomas Guardado

Early Tuesday morning Western Connecticut State University freshman and baseball player Michael DeAngelo, otherwise known as “Diesel,” was involved in a fatal car accident on I-95 near exit 70.

According to police, the car DeAngelo was driving went off road and hit a wooden sound barrier.

DeAngelo, 19, of East Haven was pronounced dead at the scene. No other cars were involved in the accident and no one else was in the car with him police said.

Further details have yet to be provided by police.

DeAngelo was a friend to many and always described as fun to be around and genuine.

“He was a great kid, teammate and friend,” fellow teammate Kyle Cole said, “he lit up the room with just his smile. He will be missed by many.”

“He was a nice kid, everyone liked him,” Western freshman Joe LaFlam said. “He seemed like a genuinely happy person who was always smiling.”

The Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Betts commented, “whenever there is a death of a student, it’s the saddest days in the life of the university,” describing how the death of DeAngelo will affect the Western community.

Vice President Betts also went on to mention how the Western staff is there to support the students through this hard time. Counselors are available for students to reach out to.

According to Western spokesman Paul Steinmetz, a vigil will be held for DeAngelo tonight(4/20/16) at 7 p.m. in front of Newbury Hall at the midtown campus.

The Colonials Baseball Head Coach Johnny Susi will honor Michael’s life prior to a game this week when they play either John Jay College on Thursday or University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday.

DeAngelo, a native of East Haven, CT, was a standout first baseman for the Yellow Jackets.  He was a three-sport captain, an All-SCC selection and recipient of the Levi Jackson Award while at EHHS.

At Western, he most recently registered the game-winning RBI single in the Colonials’ 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Purchase College on April 13.