3 Young Cape Cod Men Among 5 Killed in Fiery Crash Remembered


Facebook photo of Kraig Diggs of Osterville, 20, who was among 5 people killed Monday when the car he was in was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver.

Facebook photo of Kraig Diggs of Osterville, 20, who was among 5 people killed Monday when the car he was in was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver.

HYANNIS – Friends and family are remembering the lives of 3 young men from Cape Cod who were among 5 people killed in a fiery wrong-way crash on Route 495 in Middleboro early Monday.

Kraig Diggs, 20, of Osterville, Jordan Galvin-Jutras, 19, of Hyannis and Jordan Fisher, 19, of Harwich died in the accident.

Galvin-Jutras was an intern his senior year in school at the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department.

“Jordan was a great kid, he was a fantastic young man with a lot of promise. I fondly think of his sense of humor and his incredible smile. He had a smile that would light up a room,” said COMM Fire Chief Michael Winn.

The fourth person who was in their car is identified as Cory Licata, 18, of  West Babylon, New New York.

“The feeling inside the department is one of grief and of loss. The members adored him from the day we met him and our hearts and sympathies go out to the family,” said Winn, who added their thoughts were with the families of all the victims.

Diggs and Galvin-Jutras were students at Anna Maria College in Paxton, while Fisher and Licata were students at Becker College in Worcester.

State Police said a car driven by Valantein Burson, 31, of Fall River, was going the wrong-way when it slammed head-on into the car in which the other 4 were riding.

Two of the victims, Diggs and Galvin-Dutras, were 2015 graduates of Barnstable High School, according to Barnstable High School Principal Patrick Clark.

Clark said he was informed by the families of the two victims early Monday.

“The preliminary investigation leads investigators to believe the wrong-way operator struck the northbound vehicle head-on,” said Maj. Anthony Thomas with the Massachusetts State Police.

The accident happened shortly after midnight just north of Exit 3, Route 28 in Rock Village. The wrong-way car was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.

Police believe there was no time for the northbound car to avoid the wrong-way driver

“The ongoing investigation will determine the ongoing factors and stimuli and the reasons why this crash occurred,” Maj. Thomas said.

Throughout the day on Monday, friends were posting condolences on social media sites.

“At a loss for words right now. In the last couple of hours we lost two genuinely amazing human beings. I look back on all the memories we shared and it puts a smile on my face. From summer camp to major upsets in dodgeball tourneys, I’m so lucky to have kicked back with some cool dudes. For now hold it down for us up there. Thoughts and prayers for both of your families #RIP,” wrote Sonny Bisazza on Facebook.

“Rest In Peace Kraig Andre Diggs and Jordan Galvin. Heaven gained some beautiful angels today,” wrote Jen Peacock on social media.

“I going to miss you guys so much. I remember all the times we hung out and it was always great talking to you,” wrote Jedidiah Cadet.

On Facebook, Olivia Caprio said, “Rest in sweetest peace Jordan Galvin and Kraig Andre Diggs, two great guys taken way too early.”

It’s not yet known where the wrong-way car accessed 495. State police believe the car was not on the highway for a long period of time, making Exit 4 (Route 105) or Exit 6 (Route 44) the most likely access points.

Interstate 495 was closed down overnight was the scene was worked. It re-opened after 5 a.m. Monday.


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