Two schools come together to remember DiMaggio
A Weddington High student who had an impact on two local schools was remembered this week with a vigil at Butler High School and a moment of silence at Weddington High School.
Michael DiMaggio, 16, was killed Friday, April 8 when the pick-up truck he was driving struck a tree and overturned several times. The baseball enthusiast was a member of the Butler junior varsity baseball team last year. In March, he transferred to Weddington High.
In his honor, family members have established the Michael V. DiMaggio Foundation to help area needy children buy sports uniforms and equipment.
According to Matthews Police, DiMaggio was thrown from the vehicle during the wreck on Pleasant Plains Road near Chesswood Drive at about 8:15 p.m. The wreck occurred after police received a report of a truck speeding and driving recklessly in the same area. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found at the scene and police believe DiMaggio likely had marijuana in his system at the time of the wreck, Officer Stason Tyrrell said. Medical tests to determine if drugs played a role in the wreck though likely won’t be complete for months, he said.
Tyrrell said he hopes area students will learn from the tragedy.
“These types of behavior have disastrous consequences,” he said.
DiMaggio’s impact was evident at both Butler and Weddington high schools this week. At Butler, the school’s spirit rock was painted in his honor and Weddington High School offered a moment of silence for students and staff. Many planned to attend the Wednesday night vigil at Butler, Weddington Principal Brad Breedlove said.
“The students and staff of Weddington High School are saddened at the loss of Michael DiMaggio,” he said in an e-mail. “Even though he was not at Weddington High School very long, he did make many friends very quickly and made a great impression on the teachers and staff. We will miss him very much.”
DiMaggio, the son of Miriam and Vincent, had an “immense” love for sports and animals, according to his obituary from Heritage Funeral Home. He played baseball year-round since age six. He leaves behind a younger brother, Nicholas DiMaggio.
Messages for the DiMaggio family can be left online at www.heritagefuneral.net.
Donations to the Michael V. DiMaggio Foundation can be mailed to 2819 Bumble Bee Drive, Matthews, NC, 28105.