Hundreds Gather to Mourn Two WCSU Students Tragically Killed in Colchester Car Crash
A memorial vigil that drew hundreds was held on Sunday in Colchester for two of the WestConn Lacrosse players that were tragically killed on Friday afternoon.
It was news that rocked the Western Connecticut State University community. Two of the school's lacrosse players were tragically killed Friday afternoon in a car crash that also left one other passenger seriously injured.
Hundreds gathered to mourn the two Colchester residents, 18-year-old Jacob Chapman and 18-year-old Tyler Graham and were asked to wear red, the two boys favorite color. The vigil was held on the Colchester town green.
According to nbcconnecticut.com, the accident that took the students' lives happened shortly before 1 PM on Friday on Lake Hayward Road near the intersection of Route 354, an intersection that police and the Department of Public Works were already working on plans to improve the safety of.
In an incident report released from Troop K, state police said Chapman was driving a red 2010 Nissan Altima westbound on Route 354 when he attempted to pass another car at a high speed. For an unknown reason, the car left the road and collided with a metal guardrail and multiple trees before stopping down an embankment, according to the incident summary.
Two of the passengers in the front seat, Chapman and Graham died either at the crash site or shortly after, and according to State Police, the third passenger, Trey Massaro, 19, of Dalton, Massachusetts, was airlifted to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries. The police report also says that the car the students were driving was going at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred.
Aside from the vigil held on Sunday, Western Connecticut State University is also planning a vigil for the students and the University's counseling center has already met with the lacrosse team’s players and coaches. The school will also provide counseling to students and faculty and to any students in Litchfield Hall, where Chapman and Graham lived.
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