CANTON, Mass. — Natick High School is mourning the loss of a 17-year-old junior after he was killed in a violent rollover crash.
Police said the teen was riding in the backseat of a Jeep late Saturday night and was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled over on I-93 South in Canton.
The principal at Natick High identified the victim who died as Giovanni Taboh in an email sent to students and their families on Sunday.
Hundreds showed up hours later for a vigil outside Natick High.
“He was just overall such a great person,” said classmate Nikki Frail. “It was a moment that brought a lot of us together. It shows you that you need to hold the people that you love.”
Frail told Boston 25 News that she knew Taboh through cross country. She recalled him making a big impact by often lifting the spirits of others.
“There was always such a great environment at track because of him. He would always start conversations and would be looking out for his teammates and friends,” Frail said.
Police said the 17-year-old was one of four passengers in the Jeep driven by another 17-year-old. The driver reportedly tried to cross multiple lanes of the highway to take Exit 2B and instead hit a car on the ramp, rolling into the woods.
According to investigators, Taboh was ejected from the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton.
Three others in the vehicle were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. A 28-year-old woman driving the other car that was struck was also transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A GoFundMe was created to help his family.