Community mourns after local teen dies in car crash


A local community is mourning the loss of a teenager who died in a tragic car crash Friday night.

Deacon Martucci was driving home when he was killed in a serious car crash on Charlton Road in Glenville.  Sam Stevens is still processing the loss of his best friend.

“He didn’t deserve any of this.  I just wish it didn’t happen,” said Stevens.

In a few weeks, Deacon Martucci was going to start his junior year at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School.  His friends say he’ll still be there in spirit. 

“He was so full of life.  It still feels like he’s still here, just can’t see him, can’t be with him,” said Stevens.

He was just 16 and would have played on the varsity football team, a sport he convinced Sam to get into. 

“He would be by my side every play, helping me through it, helping me learn the game more and more,” said Stevens.

It was a sport he played all his life because he loved the contact of the game and the camaraderie.

“He just loves the atmosphere of being around everybody cause he felt like they were his family,” said Alyssa Antrium.

Both on and off the field, Deacon had a way of making anyone laugh and cheer up, especially Alyssa.

“When I was down, he was always right there to pick me right back up, and he was the only person that ever knew how to make me smile when I was down,” said Antrium.

It was that quick wit which left his friends with all kinds of memories.

“We argued about pancakes one day, how long we wanted them cooked,” said Stevens.

“Deacon had this loud scream.  He can just scream like a girl,” said Emily Bartholomew.

As they treasure these moments, they’ll have a hard time not thinking about the long life he had ahead of him.

“Anything he put his mind to, he could do it.  He was very smart, intelligent,” said Stevens.

But they’ll get through it all by sticking together.

“Being around them helps a lot because I know he’s always with us, always watching over us,” said Stevens.

The school district released a statement that said they send their condolences to Deacon’s family and friends.  They have also offered counseling at the high school all weekend, and will also be available tomorrow, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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