Officials ID teen, 18, killed in Milford watercraft accident off Cedar Beach

A jet ski collision near Cedar Beach off the shores of Milford, Conn., on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, left one person in critical condition, according to fire officials.

A jet ski collision near Cedar Beach off the shores of Milford, Conn., on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, left one person in critical condition, according to fire officials.

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MILFORD — A Shelton teen was identified Thursday by state officials as the individual who died after a personal watercraft collision on Long Island Sound Tuesday.

Milford Battalion Fire Chief Christopher Zak confirmed the death on Wednesday, but said officials were not yet releasing the person’s name. Will Healey, a spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, confirmed on Thursday that Matthew Horvath, 18, of Shelton, was the individual who died.

The city’s Emergency Operations Center received a 911 call around 6:50 p.m. Tuesday for a reported collision between two watercrafts near Cedar Beach. Units responded and confirmed the collision.

Fire officials said a private boat helped with the injured individuals until paramedics took over, adding that one of the individuals was in critical condition with CPR being performed until medics took over patient care.

Healey said Horvath was rushed to Bridgeport Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A vigil was held in Horvath’s memory Wednesday night in Shelton. A GoFundMe campaign, which called Horvath a “beautiful soul gone too soon,” set up to help cover funeral expenses raised nearly $50,000 in one day.