Family members described Devin J. Brito, a 24-year-old man who died of injuries from a car crash in Bourne on Friday night, January 8, as a stellar high school athlete with an infectious smile and twinkling blue eyes.
Mr. Brito played lacrosse and hockey at Bourne High School. “He absolutely loved both,” Mr. Brito’s stepfather, Roger Forget, said in a telephone interview Sunday evening. “He could skate like the wind.”
Mr. Brito grew up in Sagamore and graduated from Bourne High School in 2014. He went on to earn a business degree from Salem State University, then went to work as an advertising salesman for Falmouth Publishing, the company that publishes the Enterprise newspapers.
“The Falmouth job was right up his alley,” said Mr. Forget, who is superintendent of Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne. “It was his first job out of college, and he loved it.”
His mother, Sharon Forget, said he was so well-suited for sales because he enjoyed talking to people.
“He loved people,” she said.
“He was so incredibly outgoing and personable,” said John R. Paradise, managing editor of The Sandwich Enterprise. “Every time I bumped into him he had a smile on his face. He was just one of those people. Always so happy. We’re in shock. Our hearts are breaking for his family.”
Mr. Brito left Falmouth Publishing in late November for a job working internet sales for the Mid-Cape Home Centers.
The Forgets said Mr. Brito had been on his way to the family home in Sagamore when the crash occurred at about 9:40 PM.
Little was known Sunday night about the cause of the crash. The Bourne Fire Department reported that the car Mr. Brito was driving was involved in a rollover crash in the median strip on the eastbound, off-Cape side of Route 25.
Mr. Brito, the sole occupant, was ejected from his four-door sedan. He was alive when rescue workers reached him and took him to Tobey Hospital in Wareham. Mr. Brito was then flown by medical helicopter to another hospital for treatment where he died from “traumatic” injuries, officials said.
The Forgets said they had been waiting for him to come home and to join them for a pizza.
“We were worried when we didn’t hear from him, and then there was a knock on the door,” Mr. Forget said.
The Massachusetts State Police delivered the news of their son’s death, the Forgets said.
“He was a wonderful, considerate, handsome boy,” his mother said.
Besides his mother and stepfather, Mr. Brito leaves his father, Darryl Brito, his brother, Michael Brito, and his stepsister, Lilly Forget.
His funeral Mass will be held at 10 AM Saturday, January 16, at St. Margaret Church at 141 Main Street in Buzzards Bay. Burial is private. Visitation is Friday, January 15, from 4 to 7 PM at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home at 40 MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne.