A teen was killed in a crash in Ledyard on Tuesday afternoon.
According to police, 16-year-old Zackory Salomonson was a passenger in a pickup truck that overturned on Rose Hill Road.
The driver of the truck, 17-year-old Benjamin Buchanan, was transported to Backus Hospital for minor injuries.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicle, Buchanan, by law, should not have been driving with a 16-year-old in the vehicle, as he had just gotten his license in January.
Police said by the time they arrived, Buchanan had climbed from the vehicle.
However, Salomonson remained inside and had serious, life-threatening injuries.
Salomonson was removed from the wreckage, but pronounced dead at the scene.
Principal Amanda Fagan says many knew Zachary Salomonson...who she described as a bright kid who was a shining star on the track team.
“Very fast sprinter actually, came out of nowhere last year as a freshman and ran on our all-conference relay team this year,” Fagan said.
Buchannan is a senior and is scheduled to graduate next month.
"It's just an unspeakable tragedy and its unspeakable for Zach's family and Ben's as well,” Fagan said.
Police said Buchanan had been driving east when his truck left the road on the right side, struck a tree and rolled over into the eastbound shoulder.
The cause remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Ledyard police at 860-464-6400.
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