Bridgeport schools mourns guidance counselor killed in Sunday collision
Updated 7:56 pm, Monday, November 6, 2017
STRATFORD — The man killed in an early Sunday morning crash on the Merritt Parkway was a young Bridgeport guidance counselor and son of a city principal.
Jordan Soares, 27, was a full-time counselor assigned to Claytor Academy and Columbus School. He also was a site coordinator for the city’s afterschool Lighthouse Program.
His mother, Dee Soares, is principal at Bridgeport Military Academy.
Schools Superintendent Aresta Johnson called the death unbelievably tragic and said that additional social workers and school psychologists have been sent to all three schools to offer grief counseling to students and staff who need it.
State Police continue to investigate the two-car crash that happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday and left two others seriously injured. Troopers said Soares, of Dayton Road, was a front-seat passenger in a 2103 Infinity JX35 sports utility vehicle that flipped over, ejecting all three occupants.
Soares was listed as the owner of the SUV. Its driver, Wilner Agramonte, 18, of Terrace Circle, Bridgeport, received serious injures. Also badly injured was a third occupant of the Infiniti, Belnar Agramonte, 20, also of Terrace Circle; he was sitting in the back seat. Belnar was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Wilnar was transported to Bridgeport Hospital.
Troopers said that the Infinti and another vehicle, both traveling south, collided, sending both into the guard rails near Exit 53. The Infinity rolled down an embankment.
The other vehicle, a 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300, was driven by Nelson Felipe Hernandez, 22, of Woodlawn Avenue Extension, Bridgeport. Hernandez, along with two female passengers, were not injured, police said.
Soares was a graduate of Central Magnet School, Southern Connecticut State University and University of Southwest where he earned two masters degrees.
As a high school student, Soares was a member of the Village Initiative Project, a college preparatory program in the city.
Teresa Wilson, director of V.I.P. and a cousin of Soares, called the young man’s death a devastating loss to the family and community.
John Burgenson contributed to this report