Community members are mourning the loss of a young man and woman who died in a motorcycle crash in Waterbury.
Waterbury police said Matthew Szyndlar, 19, and Kerri Rogoz, 20, of Prospect, were pronounced dead around 6 a.m. Monday.
"A passing motorist spotted a motorcycle and two victims on the side of the road," explained Deputy Chief Christopher Corbett of the Waterbury Police Department.
It's not clear how long they had been there. Police believe they may have been speeding before their motorcycle crashed into a utility pole just after a curve on Captain Neville Avenue.
All that remains at the scene now are motorcycle parts and a cross bearing the victims' names. Friends and family have visited the site throughout the day to pay their respects and write messages to the loved ones they lost.
Szyndlar's cousin, David Luciano, said Szyndlar would have given anyone the shirt off his back. Those who knew Rogoz called her a sweet person with a big heart.
Police are conducting a toxicology report as part of their investigation into the crash. They expect the report to take several weeks.