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Teen Who Died While Trying To Help A Friend Mourned

by CBS Local 2:51 mins

Teen Who Died While Trying To Help A Friend Mourned

by CBS Local 2:51 mins

A family is mourning the loss of a 19-year-old who died trying to stop a friend from driving drunk (to help: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/vpg5/the-joseph-ianzano-memorial-fund). “Joey was one of the best, most honest kids you’d ever want to meet,” said Barbara Rodberg, Ianzano’s grandmother. “He always had a smile on his face and it was the most contagious one,” added Alisha Dunn, Ianzano’s cousin. “He thought about everyone else before himself to a fault,” said Alisha Dunn. That’s why people who knew Joey weren’t surprised to hear he tried to stop a friend from allegedly driving drunk. Saturday night his family says he drove some friends back to his house after a concert, but thought one of his friends was too drunk to drive home. “He blocked the car with his car so that he couldn’t get out because the car was parked in front of his house anyway,” said Barbara Ianzano. “He got around the car and Joey ran after him and grabbed onto the spoiler trying to stop him yelling screaming.” Police said the driver sped off with Joey still grabbing onto the back of his car. About half-a-block away, the car slammed into a tree. “I heard it and I came running out and that’s when I saw him laying there,” said Persaud. “It was really bad, I was trying to flip him over and when I saw the blood, I couldn’t do it. He didn’t deserve that and I love him a lot because he’s helped me out growing up and it’s really sad,” said Persaud. “The sad part is he tried to stop somebody from getting killed and he ended up dying,” Barbara Ianzano added. Police say the crash is still under investigation and the person driving the car has not been charged at this time . Ianzano’s grandmother said she isn’t sure if any good will come out of charging the driver, who was a close family friend. “To be mean, yes,” said Barbara Ianzano. “To say that it’s going to take away what happened, because it’s not going to take away what happened. I can’t bring my grandson back.”

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