Eleven-year-old Matt D’Amico of East Hampton was killed Dec. 25 when the car he was riding in hit a tree. His cousin, 15-year-old Tony Prisco, was driving the car without a license. Prisco was from New Britain.

While the family was having a Christmas Party at the D’Amico home, the two young boys were sent outside to warm up the car. That’s when they decided to take a joyride. Instead of just warming up the car, Prisco drove the car down the road and crashed into a tree less than a mile from the house.

Residents in the area said that if you didn’t know the road, it could be hazardous. Police said the cause of the crash was speeding and driver inexperience. D’Amico was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Life Star flew the driver to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries. Police reported his condition as stable.

“He’s my little man, you know? Nothing’s ever going to replace him in my heart,” Prisco was quoted by an article in the Hartford Courant.

(Source: Hartford Courant)

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