HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Former classmates and friends offered condolences and prayers for Carter Smith and his family as news of the 21-year-old's death in a car accident spread quickly through Hastings Tuesday.
Smith, a 2008 graduate of Hastings High School, was killed when he lost control of his car at around 2 a.m. Tuesday on a stretch of road along Warburton Avenue in Yonkers. Smith's car struck several parked vehicles along the road and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Yonkers Police reports.
"We had so many great times together," said close friend and classmate Jonathan Harris, who is a U.S. Marine. "We've lost a great person with so much talent. It was just last January when another close friend (Hastings and Ossining schools student) Rich Royster died in a car accident. It's so hard to accept."
Former classmate Sam Brecker remembered Smith on his Facebook site.
"A great friend, smart, and without any doubt was going to be a very successful man. Yet again, a Hastings kid was taken from us to early," Brecker wrote. "My condolences to his family, Rest Well Carter."
Smith, a senior at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, was living with his younger brother, Morgan, who is also attending McGill. Smith is survived by his mother Jessica, his father, Wayne, and 19-year-old twin brothers Dylan and Morgan. Dylan attends Colby College in Maine.
Smith, who was home studying for exams and planned to return to McGill Tuesday, played varsity soccer at Hastings High and was involved in musical programs as a sound tech. His expertise in computer technology and web design led to his starting a business while still in high school.
"I've known Carter Smith most of my life and he was always so smart and nice," Annie Kaftor, a 2006 Hastings graduate, said. "Whenever there was a problem with any of the musical shows or plays he would fix things and the show would go on. He knew everything about computers and built great websites."
A memorial service is planned for some time later this month at Grace Episcopal Church in Hastings. No funeral arrangements had been made Wednesday.
Yonkers Police said there was no evidence at the scene of drug or alcohol use, but they are awaiting toxicology results. Police are asking anyone who saw the accident or knew anything about where Smith was prior to traveling back to Hastings to call them at 914-377-7725.
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