BLOOMFIELD -- A 19-year-old Central Connecticut State University football player has died from injuries he suffered in a two-car crash on Blue Hills Avenue on July 28.
Jamar Johnson died Aug. 1. He was a pre-accounting major and would have begun his sophomore year this semester, according to a statement by CCSU president Jack Miller.
Jamar was a great friend and a wonderful son. He was loyal, kind-hearted and generous, and his life was filled with exceptional promise," Miller said. "On behalf of the campus community, we offer our deepest sympathy to his grieving family and friends."
He was a defensive end for the Blue Devils.
"Jamar was a delightful young man who was working very hard to achieve his potential in the classroom and as a member of our football team," CCSU Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann said in a statement. "His personality and his enthusiasm will be greatly missed by his teammates and his fellow student-athletes."
The crash at 1266 Blue Hills Ave. involved Johnson's 2002 Honda Accord and a 2000 Honda Accord. A preliminary investigation suggested that the speed of Johnson's vehicle may have contributed to the crash.
The other driver, Edith Mackenzie, 50, of Bloomfield was treated for a broken arm. Also injured was Chazz Gaither-Lewis, 19. Information on his condition is not available.
The crash remains under investigation.
Rosemarie Johnson said her son was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, but moved to the United States when he was 2 years old. He grew up in Hartford and Bloomfield.
"He was a great person," she said.
His father, John Johnson, said Jamar was a wonderful, brilliant and a "candlelight."