AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — Friends and family of a young Agawam woman, killed over the weekend, remember her as someone full of life with a wonderful smile.
Meanwhile, the man accused of driving drunk in the car crash that killed Evan Bard was charged today with vehicular homicide.
Students at Agawam High School say the day – the entire weekend – was marked with sadness after word spread that 20-year-old Evan Bard, class of 2010, died early Saturday in a car crash in Canton.
“When I woke up that’s how I found out on twitter that she passed away. It was just…my heart dropped when I saw that on Twitter. I couldn’t believe it,” said Amanda Burton, a friend of Bard’s.
“I was shocked. I got a text from my friend and I just burst into tears because I know her and her mom have a great relationship and I just instantly thought of her family and I was just shocked,” said another friend of Bard’s, Lauren Booth.
Word spread quickly in town and online that Bard, the former Agawam High Cheer Captain and Curry College student, was killed after the Toyota Carolla she was a passenger in hit a wall then crashed into a tree.
Even though she hasn’t been a student at Agawam High for several years – her little brother is an underclassman.
“Everybody feels for the family. Everybody knows how hard it is. We’re just keeping our spirits up for him,” said senior Greg Carleton.
Bard was heading back from a wedding with 24-year-old Sean Jackman at the wheel. Police say he was driving drunk at the time.
They charged him this morning in his hospital room with operating under the influence, motor vehicle homicide, speeding, and marked lanes violation.
For Booth, who cheered with Bard during her freshman year when Bard was a senior and Cheer Captain, the memories are still fresh.
“She was so energetic and she just had a way with people. She was great with kids and she just seemed really driven and she always knew how to motivate our team too and she was just a really great person. I was lucky to have known her.”
It’s a sentiment shared by many at the high school and around the town.
The judge ordered Jackman held on $500,000 cash bail following his arraignment this morning.