CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) – In the center of a Cheshire High School’s football field, a community gathered to say goodbye to a former student.
“She was a great girl,” said friend, Alec Hayduk. “Always brightened up the room, everybody loved her.”
19-year-old Isabella Gozzo graduated from Cheshire High School in 2014 and in the early morning hours Saturday she she was involved in an vehicle accident on route 9 south near exit 21 which caused injuries that would ultimately take her life. Friends of Gozzo say she was driving with her boyfriend at the time, 22-year-old Tony Longo.
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According to police Longo lost control of his vehicle before he then collided with a light pole and later a wall. Investigators add the vehicle also rolled over several times. Gozzo was ejected from the vehicle and taken to Hartford Hospital, she is not believed to have been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Friends of Isabella say she was a big sports fan and could easily debate the latest professional competitions with even the most educated of athletic statisticians. But what those that knew Isabella say they will remember most about her was how much she cared for all those lucky enough to be called a friend.
“We’re going to come together and remember for a very long time,” said friend, Samantha Welch.
At the vigil there was a moment where balloons were released into the air. It was shortly after that had happened many present claimed they saw a shooting star. On Mr. Longo’s twitter page the following message was tweeted shortly after that reads; “I saw you tonight in that shooting star Ill love you forever.”