By Arielle Dollinger
On a family vacation to Florida, a midnight walk proved fatal for a 2012 Huntington High School graduate this week.
John Bosco, 20, of Huntington Station, died after being struck by two cars while crossing W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway just after midnight on Jan. 6.
According to a report released by the Florida Highway Patrol, Clermont, Fla. resident Danial David Bouvier, 59, was driving westbound when Bosco and his vehicle crossed paths. The impact sent Bosco from the center lane to the outside lane, where he was hit by another vehicle, driven by Clermont resident Michael Jones, 42, the report says. Bosco was declared dead at the scene.
The collisions were not alcohol-related, according to the report.
Bosco’s sister, Angela, said on Wednesday that her brother had been walking back to the family’s hotel room from a Walgreen’s store.
“I can’t even describe him,” she said. “Everything about him is amazing, and his personality was one of a kind, and I’ll never ever see it in anyone again… Every time he walked into a room, everyone always laughed because he had something ridiculous to say.”
The younger brother of sisters Angela, 22, and Amanda, 24, John Bosco was a student at State University of New York at Oneonta. He was studying biology, his family said. After high school, Bosco attended Roanoke College before transferring to Nassau Community College and then to Oneonta.
Speaking through her daughter, Angela, Michelle Bosco said that her son was never moody and always picked others up when they were down. He was “one of a kind,” she said. The rest of the family shared these sentiments, Angela noted.
“No matter if it was a person that he met and only knew for a day, he was just so kind to them,” Angela said. “He made that impression on them… you met John [and it was like] you knew him for the rest of your life.”
Bosco is survived by sisters Angela and Amanda, mother Michelle and father John.
Visitation is scheduled for 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 10 and 11 at M.A. Connell in Huntington Station. A funeral Mass is to be celebrated Monday at St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington.