Logan CrawfordFeb 23, 2018, 6:57 pmFeb 26, 2018, 2:54 pm

St. Anthony’s High School student, who was killed in crash upstate, laid to rest

Police say Anthony Pagano, 17, was driving on I-87 just outside Albany when he fell asleep

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MELVILLE — Family, friends, and classmates arrived at St. Elizabeth Church Friday to say goodbye to Anthony Pagano. The 17-year-old died in a car crash upstate on I-87 last weekend when police say he fell asleep at the wheel. Cars packed the parking lot of the church for the funeral located next door to St. Anthony’s High School where Anthony attended.

The crash happened early Saturday morning outside of Albany. Police say Pagano’s car left the road, hit a tree, and caught fire. First-responders took Pagano to the hospital where he died in intensive care.

Police say Pagano had a teenage passenger in the car with him who was also sleeping at the time of the crash. They say the passenger wasn't hurt.

Brother Gary Cregan, principal of St. Anthony’s High School, posted a message on the school's website about Pagano's death. It reads:

"As Roman Catholics, we must rely on our faith to give us strength in the face of tragedy, and to help us understand why a young man on the verge of adulthood would be taken from us far too soon."

Brother Gary says the school's thoughts and prayers are with the Pagano family.

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