The driver of the car that crashed in Canton early Saturday morning killing a Curry College junior has been charged with drunken driving and motor vehicle homicide, according to the Norfolk District Attorney’s office.
Sean Jackman, 24, of Stoughton, will be arraigned Monday morning at Boston Medical Center, where he was hospitalized with head injuries after the crash that killed Evan Bard, 20, of Agawam, who was a passenger in the car, according to David Traub, spokesman for the district attorney.
Jackman was driving a Toyota Corolla when it struck a wall and a tree on Bolivar Street just after midnight Saturday. Bard was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bard’s coach said the junior was “tiny,” at about 5 feet, 2 inches, the kind of cheerleader people usually expected to see being tossed up during routines, her coach said.
But she was usually the one lifting teammates.
“You look at her and you go, oh, she must be the one in the air, and she was at certain times,” said Nicole Bello, head cheerleading coach at Curry College. “But most of the time she was the one lifting, and she did her job very well.”
Reached by phone, Bard’s father declined to comment this afternoon.
“We’re not in any shape to do anything right now,” he said.
Bello said Bard would help teammates who were struggling with moves. If she wasn’t on the mat, she would stand nearby to yell and cheer on teammates.
“We’ve been watching the video from Nationals over and over, and her enthusiasm during Nationals was just—I don’t even know. We’re so broken right now,” Bello said.
Squad alumnae have been calling, texting, and reaching out to current cheerleaders on Facebook, making sure Bard’s friends are feeling supported, Bello said.
Curry College ended its semester with the last day of finals Saturday, and many of Bard’s teammates have gone home for summer, Bello said.
“Evan was just the most perfect cheerleader that I could have had, and the best person I could have had the honor to coach,” Bello said. “We will continue to carry Evan’s legacy out throughout the entire program, year after year.” Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.