A Huntington Station college student was struck and killed in Florida as he crossed the street while on a family vacation, authorities and his family said Wednesday.
John Bosco, 20, a 2012 graduate of Huntington High School and a student at State University of New York at Oneonta, was hit by two vehicles as he crossed a Kissimmee street at 12:11 a.m. Tuesday, according to an accident report from Florida Highway Patrol. He died at the scene, the report said.
"He was a phenomenal son; he was the rock of the family," said Bosco's mother, Michelle Bosco, 51, a dental assistant. She spoke from the timeshare where she, her son, her son's friend, two daughters, son-in-law and granddaughter had been vacationing since Saturday.
Bosco was hit first by a Toyota pickup driven by Danial David Bouvier in the center lane and then by a Toyota driven by Michael Jones in an outside lane, the report said.
Bouvier, 59, and Jones, 42, both of Clermont, Florida, were traveling west. Alcohol was not a factor and no charges have been filed, the report said. Trooper Wanda Diaz gave no other details and said Wednesday the investigation is ongoing.
Bosco had been at the pool where they were staying while visiting Disney World and other theme parks when he and his friend and brother-in-law crossed the street to Walgreen's for snacks, Michelle Bosco said.
"This was our first family vacation in a couple of years," said Angela Bosco, 22, one of Bosco's sisters. "We had a great time, being together, being a family and unfortunately this had to happen."
Huntington Town Councilwoman Susan Berland said Bosco interned for her in the summers of 2012 and 2013, after she saw him speak at a leadership program at Huntington High School. "I was so moved by him and so impressed by him," Berland said. "John was like the hardest-working kid . . . He was bright, he was articulate. Every job I gave him, he did incredibly well . . . I really loved him."
Berland said Bosco, whose family described him as outgoing and said he played lacrosse in high school, was very popular. "He was absolutely adorable," Berland said. "The girls would swoon. He helped me at . . . [the town's high school drama awards]. He was backstage and he peeked his head out and all the high school girls started screaming like he was a celebrity . . . He had a great smile."
Bosco's father, also named John Bosco, wasn't on the vacation because he was working at his masonry company but flew down as soon as he heard about the accident.
"He had the brain that I didn't have; He was so smart; He was gifted," said the senior Bosco, 53. "He was friendly; He was a hard-working kid. To my eyes, he would have been a great politician -- even though he didn't want to be a politician."
Michelle Bosco said the family was taking comfort in hearing from people who were touched by her son's kindness.
On her son's Facebook page, one high school classmate wrote, "I wasn't the most popular kid in school, but you said 'hi' to me everyday," she said.
"Another kid said my son helped him so much, but he would never get a chance to tell him," she said.
Visiting hours are Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at M.A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Ave., Huntington Station. A funeral Mass will be said Monday at Church of Saint Patrick, 400 Main St., Huntington.
With Gary Dymski