'To know Eli, was to love Eli': Fundraiser created for Bridgeport teen killed in crash

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A fundraising campaign was launched Thursday, July 15, 2021, to help cover funeral costs for the 17-year-old killed in a crash on Old Town Road in Trumbull, Conn., on Wednesday.

A fundraising campaign was launched Thursday, July 15, 2021, to help cover funeral costs for the 17-year-old killed in a crash on Old Town Road in Trumbull, Conn., on Wednesday.

Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media

TRUMBULL — Elijah Page was just minutes away from home this week when he was involved in a serious crash on Old Town Road that claimed his life. He was 17.

Page, who lived on Grandview Avenue in Bridgeport, was driving a 1998 Nissan Sentra south on the Route 8 south Exit 7 ramp around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when he went through the intersection across White Plains Road and onto Old Town Road, where he hit a guardrail, Lt. Brian Weir said.

“Preliminary police investigation learned that speed was a factor in the crash, however, further details of the accident are currently under investigation,” Weir said.

Page was treated at the scene by Trumbull police at the scene until he was transferred into the care of medics, who rushed him to Bridgeport Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Page was headed home from work at the time of the deadly crash, according to Ashley Service, a woman who identified herself as the teen’s older sister on a GoFundMe campaign created to cover the cost of his funeral.

“While on his way home from work, Eli was involved in a car accident,” Service said in the fundraiser’s description. “It breaks my heart that he was only minutes from home and seconds from safety. To know Eli, was to love Eli. Please help us in honoring his life.”

As of Friday, donors had raised more than $17,000.