LAWRENCE — Ryan Driscoll, the young Tewksbury man who died after suffering serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 93 late Saturday afternoon, had just completed his junior year at Central Catholic High School.
The last day of the school year was Friday.
Central Catholic released the following statement:
“The Central Catholic community is heartbroken and deeply saddened by the loss of Ryan Driscoll, a beloved member of the Class of 2020. Ryan was an exceptional scholar, athlete and a kind, respectful young man who represented all the best qualities of Central Catholic. He will be remembered by his friends, classmates, teammates and teachers. We ask that you respect the wishes of the family and Ryan’s teammates and allow them to mourn this tremendous loss privately. We pray for everyone impacted by this tragedy. God bless.”
Driscoll played lacrosse for Central Catholic, which dedicated its Monday night game against St. John’s Prep to him.
Driscoll, 16, was traveling north on Interstate 93 at around 5 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving, state police said. The 2018 Mitsubishi SUV rolled over and crashed into a sign post, according to a Massachusetts State Police press release.
Driscoll, the sole occupant of the car, was transported to Lawrence General Hospital. He was then transferred to Leahy Hospital in Burlington for treatment of serious injuries. He died Sunday.
The cause of this crash remains under investigation by the state police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction and Crime Scene Services sections.
No charges have been filed. The crash happened north of the exit for Interstate 495 and south of the River Road exit.
Driscoll’s father, Dennis Driscoll, in a post on Facebook is seeking contact from anyone who witnessed the accident. He wrote:
“I am still looking to speak with anyone that may have witnessed something. According to the state police there were many people who had stopped to help Ryan. I would like to meet and thank you personally.”
Dennis Driscoll also thanked Andover rescue personnel who came to the aid of his son.