Grief counselors made available for Dover-Sherborn students following teen driver’s death

DOVER, Mass. — Grief counselors are being made available to students of Dover-Sherborn schools following the death of a popular teenager killed in a weekend car crash.

Dover-Sherborn High School Principal John Smith confirmed the teenager, Owen Bingham, was the student who died in the Saturday morning crash. The Dover-Sherborn community came together Saturday night to mourn an 18-year-old killed in a single-vehicle crash in the early morning hours.

Dover Police told Boston 25 News officers were called to Walpole Street around 1:10 a.m. When they arrived, they found an 18-year-old man ejected from the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead on the scene. Four other teens - from Dover and Sherborn - were all brought to the hospital but are expected to recover.

“I came upon the scene down there with police officers, and it was a pretty gruesome sight, couldn’t see the car the car had gone off the side of the road,” said Peter Mooradian, a neighbor.

Investigators said it appeared the driver lost control, drove off the road, and struck a guardrail before he came to a stop against a tree.

The victim’s friends laid flowers at the scene of the accident.

Dozens of people packed the church Saturday evening to honor and remember him.

Dover-Sherborn High School Principal John Smith confirmed the teenager, Owen Bingham, was the student who died in the Saturday morning crash. In a statement, Principal Smith said the following about Bingham:

“Owen was one of the most charismatic and loyal students I have ever known. He was a strong student, captain of the State Championship Golf Team, a loyal friend, and a wonderful big brother. We are heartbroken to lose such a wonderful young man.”

—  Dover-Sherborn High School Principal John Smith

Reverend John Hudson hosted a vigil at the Pilgrim Church in Sherborn to offer a safe place for friends and family to come to support each other during this difficult time.

“I knew him very well. He was a smart, funny kid. He was on the state championship golf team for Dover-Sherborn, and he was light – just had a great smile, lit up the room when he was in it – a lot of charisma just a good young man,” said Reverend Hudson. “when you’re 18 years old you’re not supposed to go away and so it’s shocking.”

Reverend Husdon told Boston 25 News he will be there for this community as so many have just begun to grieve this loss.

The Norton High School golf team showed support for the Dover community and for Owen after tweeting out pictures of golf clubs.

The four other teenagers, who were in the car crash, are back home from the hospital, recovering from minor injures.

A GoFundMe page was set up for the Bingham family as they continue to grieve this tragedy.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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