15-year-old dies in Hamden crash; 2 others seriously injured - WFSB 3 Connecticut

15-year-old dies in Hamden crash; 2 others seriously injured

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A 15-year-old has died and two others were seriously injured after a two-car crash Thursday.

The crash was reported on Dixwell Avenue near the intersection of Lexington Street around 10 a.m.

The teen killed has been identified as Tyseem Troutman and attended Hamden High School and was a member of the football team.

A 27-year-old man was driving a Volkswagen southbound tried to pass two cars, but ends up on the wrong side of the road. Investigators believe the Volkswagen crossed the center yellow line into northbound traffic and hit the Honda, which was being driven by a 31-year-old man from Hamden.

"Speed may have been a factor," said Hamden Police Capt. Ronald Smith. "We are looking into that."

Police are also trying to determine if the 15-year-old was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The 27-year-old and 31-year-old were taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, police said.

Surveillance cameras outside of a local smoke shop captured video of the whole crash. Police said they are looking at the video closely to determine what the driver of the Volkswagen was doing just seconds before the crash.

Superintendent of Schools Frances M. Rabinowitz said "grief support teams" were at the high school Friday and will be available for students on Monday.

"This is a very difficult time for the Hamden Schools Family; losing two students in one week is unprecedented," Rabinowitz said Friday. 

Anyone with any information about the crash is asked to call the Hamden Police Department at 203-230-4000.

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