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Roadside Memorial for 2 Teens Killed, 4 Others Injured in Taunton Crash

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By: Melissa Toupin

Friends and loved ones gather at the site of the crash. A roadside memorial to the 2 teens who lost their lives, and the 4 others who are now fighting for theirs.

"I couldn't believe it. It's just crazy to think how somebody's life who is so young can be taken away that quickly," said Kayla Dakin, friend of Jason Neto was was killed in the crash.

It was just after midnight Sunday when the car they were all in crossed over the wrong side of Bay Street in Taunton, and smashed into a tree. Rescuers had to pry them out using the jaws of life. 18 year old Eden Macedo and 19 year old Jason Neto were killed.

"He was the most kindest loving kid I ever met in my life," said Dakin.

The driver, 24 year old Nicholas Costa, and the other 3 passengers— 18 year old Ashley Rivera, 21 year old Jose Rodriguez and 19 year old Chelsea Crancha— we're taking to Rhode Island Hospital. As of Sunday night Rivera and Crencha are in fair condition, Rodriguez in good. Costa's friends say he has a long road ahead.

"He's alive. He's in surgery. He has internal bleeding and a lot of broken bones," said Sergi.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash and that alcohol was involved. A bottle of vodka—approximately 2 thirds empty—was found in the car. To make matters worse none of the passengers were wearing a seatbelt and some of the teen were sitting on each others laps.

"I just couldn't believe it. I've been in the car with Nick and he's always a careful driver," said Sergi.

Police say the teens had spent the night trying to get into clubs in Providence, but were unsuccessful. They were on their way home when they crashed.

"I would tell all the kids make sure you put your seatbelt on and don't bunch of into 1 car because God for bed something like that happened. It's just tragic," said Laura Grube, who was neighbors with Neto.

By late Sunday night the driver had not been charged. Police said he could face 2 counts of vehicular homicide.

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