A 19-year-old Endicott College student is being mourned following a late-night motor vehicle accident on Hale Street in Beverly.Craig Sampson, a sophomore at the college who was a passenger in the vehicle, was killed in the crash.”His loss is having a profound impact on his friends and family,” Endicott College president Richard E. Wylie said in an email to students, faculty and staff. “He brought life, energy and smiles to all our faces and will be greatly missed by our entire community.”Wylie said Gully’s on campus will be open all day Saturday with counselors present. Beechwood will also be open from 8 p.m. to midnight to provide a place for students to gather and share their grief.”At this time of sadness, we must join together in our prayers and for Craig and his family,” Wylie wrote.At approximately 12:15 a.m. on Saturday morning, April 23, Beverly Police officers responded to the area of 376 Hale St. for a single-vehicle crash into a telephone pole.Upon arrival, officers found a BMW with two occupants that had crashed into a utility pole. With assistance from paramedics with Northeast Ambulance Service and members of the Beverly Fire Department, both occupants were extricated and transported to Beverly Hospital.Sampson was pronounced deceased at Beverly Hospital.The operator of the vehicle, Joseph Castano, 20, of Williston Vt., was transported from Beverly Hospital to Lahey Hospital Burlington with severe injuries.The crash remains under investigation by the Beverly Police and Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.It is believed that alcohol and speed may have been a factor. Also assisting at the scene were members of the Endicott College Campus Police.
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