The 17-year-old son of two Bristol natives died last week following a Naples, Florida traffic accident.
Nathan Musumano was behind the wheel when he lost control and the car plunged into a 20-foot deep lake at night, according to his aunt, Joyce Musumano.
Musumano struggled to help three friends get out of the sinking car, she said, but couldn’t get out himself.
One of his friends tried several times to reach him in the sunken car, but “it was so dark” and deep that it proved impossible, she said.
Musumano’s parents, Gregory and Chevawn (Heier) Musumano, both grew up in Bristol as part of a large family in town. They’re still in touch with many in their hometown.
Nathan Musumano was a “very sweet and very kind” young man, Joyce Musumano said Monday. “He was a good kid and he always wanted to make people laugh.”
Musumano was born in West Virginia, grew up in Ohio and moved to Naples with his family nine years ago.
A football and lacrosse player, he was about to enter his senior year of high school. He hoped to become a military pilot.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by six siblings, Jordan, Catherine, Jacinta, Cecilia, Isabel and Aiden. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Molly Samuel Heier and paternal grandparents, Pat and Carmel Musumano, along with many relatives.
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