Grief counselors available after teen dies in crash - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Grief counselors available after teen dies in crash


A former West Haven High School student died after a crash on Friday.

AJ Cedillo, 18, somehow lost control of the car he was driving on Indian River Road in Orange and slammed into a utility pole Friday night, police said.

Cedillo, who graduated from the school in May, was taken to an area hospital, where he died on Saturday night.

"The family was deciding on organ donation which may have required limited life support while those very difficult choices are made," police said in a statement Monday.

Three teenage girls were also in the vehicle when it crashed, and they were brought to a local hospital.

A 15-year-old passenger was released from the hospital over the weekend. However, a 17- and 13-year-old are still being treated for injuries.

Police are not releasing the teenagers' names at this time.

The school district said other students are also in the process of organizing another effort.

"Our thoughts are with the driver and three passengers involved in Friday's car accident and with their family and friends," said Superintendent Lynn McMullin in a statement Monday. "Our hearts go out to them during this difficult time, and we want to help in any way that we can."

Grief counselors are available at West Haven High School as well as Bailey Middle School.

"I just feel like it's tragic, it's hard to know somebody you know died or got seriously injured," said Tanaya Howard.

A makeshift memorial was set up on Suburban Road.

The crash remains under investigation. Investigators said they don't know if speed played a role, but the speed limit on that road is 30 mph. 

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