Friends and family gather in memory of Brimfield crash victim

Dominick Gardner’s sister Nakkia organized the vigil at Memorial Field in Webster because she tells us Dominick played football there when he was younger.
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 6:21 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2022 at 11:11 PM EDT
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WEBSTER, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - Tuesday night, a vigil was held for one of the victims of a deadly crash over the weekend in the Brimfield.

Dominick Gardner’s sister Nakkia organized the vigil at Memorial Field in Webster because she tells us Dominick played football there when he was younger.

It was an emotional night as dozens of teachers, classmates, and family members all gathered to honor Dominick, who was just 17 years old when he died in an early-morning car crash over the weekend.

That tragic crash also claimed the lives of two other teenagers. One other teen survived the crash but suffered serious injuries.

Massachusetts State Police said the car swerved off the road and into the woods in the area of East Brimfield-Holland Road. Dominick’s friends told Western Mass News that he will never be forgotten.

“Dom was a good friend to all three of us, close friend,” said Kayden Rodriguez. “We had class with him every day and he never failed to make that class ten times better than it already was. Even if he was having a bad day, he would always make us smile and he would always make sure that that was definitely one of his top priorities.”

People lit candles and wrote messages on balloons, which were released into the air. People also took turns sharing memories about Dominick. His friends described him to Western Mass News as a role model.

“I honestly looked up a lot to him because… just the attitude he always had and the personality he had was really inspirational,” Wilson Amott told us. “He was so unapologetically himself no matter what the day was or what was going on, and I think that that’s just something that all of us can learn a little bit from.”

Dominick’s sisters also ask everyone there to always wear their seatbelts and drive safely.