SCOTCH PLAINS, New Jersey (WABC) -- A 17-year-old boy was killed in a head-on collision in New Jersey.
Thursday night, his fellow-athletes, friends and eyewitnesses came together to remember him.
A stellar student athlete with big dreams, Daniel Triano left an imprint on the hearts of many in Scotch Plains.
"The fact he's gone is just heartbreaking," said Rachel Valle, a teammate.
A junior at the Academy for Information Technology, Daniel's life took a tragic turn in a head-on collision along Cooper Road Wednesday afternoon.
Several witnesses say they ran to help when they heard tires screeching followed by a loud crash.
"At the time I knew he was in really bad shape," a witness said.
"They had to cut off the top of the car and they removed that and then actually they called for a helicopter to come," another witness said.
When medics arrived, Daniel was airlifted to University Hospital where he later passed away during surgery.
"We were all there and I tried to talk to him, he wasn't responsive, most I could do was just touch his arm and I said, 'Help is on the way, we know you're there,' that's all I could do," a witness said.
Signing heartfelt messages on pucks and sharing long tear-filled embraces, Daniel's friends and hockey teammates joined together at the site of the crash Thursday to remember their beloved #8.
"Even though he's not here with us he's still in spirit," Valle said.
Through a Facebook post, the Superintendent of Union County Vocational Technical Schools says their thoughts and prayers remain with the Triano family.
The district is also providing grief counselors to students.
Teen dies after head-on collision in Scotch Plains, New Jersey