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Vigil memorializes 19-year-old who died after crashing into Hillsborough Bay

TAMPA — Nearly 100 people, many of them crying and hugging each other, gathered shortly before midnight Tuesday to memorialize Michael Agana, a 19-year-old who died after crashing last week into the waters off Bayshore Boulevard.

The vigil marked the second time in as many days that friends had gathered near the crash scene, at Bayshore Boulevard and S Boulevard.

Scores of people lit candles and said prayers for Agana at the first vigil, held Monday evening at twilight. As the second gathering coalesced, friends again handed out candles, then called for silence.

"If we can just take 10 minutes for a moment of silence, because right now they're making probably the hardest decision of their lives," Travis Brewer, 19, who had played in the Plant High drum line with Agana, told the crowd.

Agana was taken off of life support, and his body was taken Tuesday night to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office. Agana was an organ and tissue donor. An autopsy will likely happen today.

Agana, who graduated from Plant High and enrolled at the University of South Florida, had spent Friday with a friend at Busch Gardens.

After Agana dropped off his friend, his car inexplicably careened down a narrow South Tampa street, crashed through the Bayshore Boulevard barrier and sank 25 feet out in Hillsborough Bay.

When rescuers removed him from his 2001 Toyota Camry 10 minutes later, he had a pulse but was not breathing. Police said he was taken in critical condition to Tampa General Hospital.

Vigil memorializes 19-year-old who died after crashing into Hillsborough Bay 05/16/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 10:36pm]
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