A former Canisius High School and University at Buffalo football player who was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Florida in May will be remembered at a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Canisius High School.
Jason Charles Esposito, 51, lived in North Tonawanda but was visiting his mother in Florida when he was struck and killed in West Melbourne a few minutes before midnight May 27.
Police said Esposito was bicycling in the bike lane of Palm Bay Road and Hollywood Boulevard when a car swerved into the lane and struck his bike, which was fitted with front and rear lights and was visible.
A Florida Highway Patrol officer said a witness followed the car and gave authorities a partial license plate number, which led them to a 2016 Lexus Infiniti that police found abandoned nearby.
Highway Patrol Officer Lt. Channing Taylor told Florida's Spectrum News 13, "We discovered the owner of the vehicle in the general area. He said he was dropped off and that another person was driving."
Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said evidence collected from the scene and the car, including DNA, has been submitted to the Florida Department of Law crime lab for analysis.
"The owner of the car is our only person of interest," she said. "When we have these hit-and-run fatal crashes, we pose that question to the owner — if you weren't driving, and it's your car, you probably should know who was."