DERRY — A 14-year-old boy, killed in an accident on Interstate 93 last week, is described as a bright child with a big smile.
Jeremy Antonio Pereyra of Derry will be remembered at a memorial service Saturday at Pinkerton Academy, where he would have been a freshman.
The teen graduated from West Running Brook Middle School in June, where principal Leslie Saucier said he was a delight to have as a student.
"He was a great student," Saucier said yesterday. "He was just a happy boy."
Jeremy was killed Aug. 22 when he was struck and killed by a car on I-93 in Londonderry.
Saucier said Jeremy was well liked and the type of child who could brighten anyone's day.
"One of the biggest things was his infectious smile," she said. "It just went from ear to ear."
Saucier said teachers and students were saddened to learn of his death. The new school year began Tuesday.
"It was a very sad day," she said. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends."
Superintendent Laura Nelson said counseling was made available to students and staff. School employees plan to attend the service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pinkerton's Arts and Humanity Building, she said.
"Many of the people from the district will be at the service," Nelson said. "Our thoughts are with the family."
The memorial was planned by a local denomination of Jehovah's Witnesses, where Jeremy and his family were members, according to Pinkerton spokesman Chip Underhill.
Family members, including the boy's parents, Francisco and Keren Pereyra, could not be reached yesterday for comment.
Jeremy's obituary describes him as a generous, fun-loving boy who loved to draw, write and play video games. He also enjoyed playing cards and chess, volunteering and working on projects with his father, the obituary said.
New Hampshire State Police Lt. Christopher Wagner said yesterday authorities are still investigating what led to the boy's death.
Keren Pereyra stopped her vehicle on the side of I-93, a mile north of Exit 4, about 4:40 p.m. Jeremy jumped out of the car and ran into the woods.
He then ran onto the busy highway, where he was hit by Griffin George, 28, of Derry, state police said.
Pereyra had called 911 to say she and and her son “were having a domestic” on the I-93 before he was struck, according to the Londonderry police log. State police have refused to release Jeremy's name because he is a juvenile.
They also would not release Pereyra's name, saying she was not directly involved in the crash, Wagner said. No charges are expected against George.
The accident closed a section of I-93 for hours and had commuters scrambling for alternate routes or sitting out the wait in their cars.