Curry College nursing student dies in Canton crash

Posted: 05/11/13 at 10:45 pm EDT      Last Updated: 05/11/13 at 11:07 pm EDT

CANTON, Mass. (WHDH) --Flowers mark the scene of a deadly car accident that killed 20-year-old Evan Bard on May 11. Bard was a Curry College nursing student, passionate about cheerleading.

“Just an unbelievable kid...she was an unreal cheerleader, best personality. My 9-year-old daughter looked up to her,” said cheerleading coach, Nicole Bello. “Past, present, future cheerleaders, we're all taking it really hard.”

Bard died just two weeks before her 21st birthday, and a day before leaving college for the summer, ready to begin her senior year.

“It’s surreal,” said Adam Levenson, friend of the victim and driver.

Levenson knew Bard for years and grew up with the driver injured in Saturday’s crash.

“I guess he’s doing all right, I guess he hurt his neck,” said their friend.

Friends said that the two were coming back from a wedding in Stoughton. The 24-year-old driver was the best man.

“The groom said it pretty well,” Levenson said. “It was at such a high point last night and now it’s at such a low point.”

Neighbors said they awoke to the crash, a violent scene that has left them shaken.

“It was a very bad accident so we automatically assumed the worst,” said neighbor, Dan Boreham.

Dan Boreham and a nurse who lives nearby ran to the mangled car and tried to help.

“All I heard was a screech and then a loud bang,” said the nurse. “I was holding the door open, the nurse was inside the car, saw that the driver still had a pulse and started attending to him.”

The driver is alive and so far hasn’t been charged. The cause as to how and why the car crashed remains a mystery. But the young life lost is unimaginable.

“We're gonna be lost,” said Bello.

Curry College offered up guidance counselors for students to speak with. The driver is recovering in a Boston hospital.

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