Family, friends mourn loss of Dartmouth crash victim

"She would give you the shirt off her back," a family member told ABC6 News

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — Family and friends mourned the loss of Eleanor Estrella, who died in a rollover wreck near I-195 in Dartmouth on Sunday evening.  

“I’m shocked,” her former manager at Harbour House Family Center, Shelly Correia, said, “and especially the way in which she died.” 

A Jeep with three people from New Bedford inside, traveled down I-195 westbound, drove off the highway and onto the grassy median; before slamming into a tree. 

A 25-year-old woman driving the Jeep ended up in critical condition at St. Luke’s Hospital. One of her passengers, a 17-year-old girl, also ended up in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  

Estrella died at the scene of the crash.  

“Ellie was funny, she had a sense of humor. She was very compassionate, and non-judgmental,” Correia said.  

Correia told ABC6 News that Estrella worked at Harbour House for several years. 

“She touched a lot of lives and made impressions on the children here,” Correia said. “So, her legacy will carry on in some form or another.” 

ABC6 News contacted family members of Correia, who declined to do an interview, but one member of the family said Estrella “would give you the shirt off her back.” 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.  

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