Lexington Catholic students killed in crash remembered for faith, athleticism, and joy
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Wednesday night, people gathered in Lexington to remember two young men killed Monday in a Memorial Day car crash.
“This past Monday night, our brothers finished a race that we never knew would happen so short, but our coach, our God, our guide was there to catch them,” Lexington Catholic High School Chaplain Father Norman Fischer said.
Investigators say 17-year-old Dominic Bilotta was driving and 16-year-old David Cervoni was a backseat passenger when the car they were in hit another car then a utility pole on Carrick pike in Scott County.
Bilotta and Cervoni were teammates on Lexington Catholic’s cross country team while Bilotta was also a trap shooter and a member of the track and field team.
Losing a child changes a family and a community irrevocably.
That was clear at the vigil Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Lexington.
The church was packed with people, especially students, and another roughly 230 people watched online.
Two of the boys’ coaches spoke, remembering David as a lacrosse goalie who always wanted to improve and promised his coach he’d “work his butt off this summer” to be on the field more.
Dominic was remembered for his commitment to his faith and for lighting up a room.
“To Dave, I’m really going to miss you, buddy. I know we’ll see each other again one day. You left behind a legacy none of us will ever forget,” Devin Mayer, Lexington Catholic Lacrosse Head Coach, said.
“Dom put his team before his own personal glory. Dominic was an important member of the team that won the 2018 state cross country championships and he received a championship ring,” Bernadette Madigan-Dugan, Cross Country Head Coach, said.
Though funeral arrangements haven’t been announced, individual teams and groups at Lexington Catholic have been honoring the boys in several ways, including dedicating Tuesday night’s regional cross country meet to Dominic and David.
Investigators say two other passengers from the wreck, another Lexington Catholic student and a Bryan Station student had minor injuries.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office says speeding on a narrow country road likely caused the teens to lose control of the car.