Fam­ily mourns crash vic­tim

Connecticut Post - - NEWSBITES - By Tara O’Neill

BRIDGE­PORT — Fam­ily mem­bers of Vin­cent “TJ” An­nuzzi-Rivera say the 19-year-old Bridge­port man was well-liked and that he loved life.

An­nuzzi-Rivera was driv­ing a dirt bike on Lori Drive in Mil­ford around 3 p.m. Tues­day, when he struck a parked dump truck near Teresa Drive, “re­sult­ing in fa­tal in­juries,” po­lice said.

On Wed­nes­day, fam­ily mem­bers and friends shared their con­do­lences on a Go­FundMe page cre­ated by the vic­tim’s mother, and on a Face­book post shared by his sis­ter.

An­nuzzi-Rivera was a Platt Tech­ni­cal High School grad­u­ate, ac­cord­ing to his mother, An­gela An­nuzziRivera. He grad­u­ated in 2016 af­ter study­ing plumb­ing at the school.

“Vin­cent had (a) rough start in life but turned out to be a very well-liked young man,” she wrote on the Go­FundMe page.

An­gela An­nuzziRivera cre­ated the fundrais­ing page to help cover the ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with her son’s un­timely death. As of 4:50 p.m. Wed­nes­day, friends and fam­ily had do­nated $1,225 to­ward a $10,000 cam­paign goal.

Nilda Rivera, the vic­tim’s sis­ter, shared fu­neral ar­range­ments for her brother on Face­book Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“We are dev­as­tated by this tragic loss in our fam­ily and miss Vin­cent (TJ) An­nuzzi-Rivera greatly,” Rivera said.

Ser­vices will be held Fri­day at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathe­dral Par­ish at 359 Wash­ing­ton Ave. in Bridge­port. The burial will im­me­di­ately fol­low at Park Ceme­tery at 620 Lind­ley St. in Bridge­port.

“Any­one who knew Vin­cent … knew he loved life, (was) al­ways look­ing to have a good time,” An­gela An­nuzzi-Rivera wrote. “His con­ta­gious laugh will live on in our me­mories for­ever.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the ac­ci­dent can con­tact the Mil­ford Po­lice Depart­ment Traf­fic Division at 203-878-5244 or con­tact Of­fi­cer Dan Hem­perly at 203-783-4792 or at dhemperly@ci.mil­ford.ct.us in ref­er­ence to case num­ber 2896-18.


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