AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — An Agawam woman who died early Saturday in a car crash in Canton will be laid to rest this weekend.
Evan Bard was an Agawam High School graduate, cheerleader, and a nursing student at Curry College in Milton.
Just after midnight Saturday, Bard was a passenger in a Toyota Corolla being driven by 24-year-old Sean Jackman when it hit a wall and crashed into a tree.
Bard was pronounced dead at the scene. Jackman suffered head injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
Jackman, who police allege was under the influence at the time of the crash, has been charged with vehicular homicide.
Bard’s family released this statement to ABC40 Tuesday night:
“Evan was a passionate cheerleader since age nine. She especially loved the competitive and athletic sides of the sport, traveling to competitions across the country. From a very young age, Evan was a caregiver to everyone she met, which translated into her desire to be the best nurse possible. Her family is incredibly grateful for the love, prayers, and support being showered on them during this difficult time.”
Calling hours will be held Friday, May 17, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Firtion Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad St, Westfield.
The funeral service will take place Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m., at the Westfield Evangelical Free Church at 568 Southwick Road, Westfield.
The family says everyone is welcome to wear some pink in honor of Evan’s love of the color.
In lieu of flowers, Bard’s family has asked that donations can be made to EvvGirlFoundation, Inc., at P.O. Box 466, Agawam MA 01001. Funds raised will be used to support local Neonatel Intensive Care Units (NICU), a cause Evan cared deeply about.