Police cadet, teenager die in Springfield crashesAP , Associated Press
Nov. 29, 2013 12:13 PM ET
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Springfield Police Department was in mourning Friday after a cadet who was also the son of a longtime city police officer was killed on Thanksgiving when he lost control of his car and hit a fire hydrant.
The death of Max Moran, 23, occurred just several hours after a teenager was killed in a separate single-car crash in the city.
"The entire department is saddened by the loss of this young cadet whose bright future was tragically cut short," Sgt. John Delaney said in a statement Friday. "At roll call this morning Deputy Chief John Barbieri and both uniformed shifts held a moment of silence for Cadet Moran. He will be sadly missed."
Moran was the son of Sgt. Ricky Moran, who has been with the department for 30 years. The younger Moran had been a cadet for about a year.
He was driving a Mini Cooper that went out of control at about 4 a.m. Thursday and hit a hydrant before careening across the street, hitting the curb and going airborne, throwing him from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Allison Dwarska, a 17-year-old high school senior who planned on studying biology at the University of Alabama was killed in a crash at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.
Dwarska was a passenger in a Cadillac Seville that appeared to be speeding before the driver apparently lost control and the car crashed into woods on the side of the road, police said. She was taken pronounced dead at the hospital.
The driver, also 17, survived and could face charges, investigators said.
Dwarska attended Sabis International Charter School, where she was a cheerleader, softball player and yearbook editor.
"She was the most caring, smart and beautiful girl," her aunt, Leslie Sias, told The Republican newspaper.
Both crashes remain under investigation.