ROCKLAND (CBS) — A 17-year-old boy was killed in a three-car crash in Rockland overnight.
It happened on Beech Street shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday.
Two of the three cars involved were heavily damaged.
Police said the teen, later identified as Patrick Sullivan of Rockland, died at the scene.
According to police, a driver operating a 2011 Nissan Sentra was driving on the wrong side of the road next to Sullivan’s SUV. Both cars were speeding. The cars hit each other before veering off the road.
Police said they’re looking at the possibility the drivers may have been racing.
“They come speeding down, he was racing I think, I don’t know,” witness Heather Ludington said. “I saw them hit, I saw him flip. I feel so bad for his family.”
Sullivan’s car flipped over. Seconds later, another car hit Sullivan’s overturned car.
Barbara Blanchard lives across the street from the crash scene.
“He was gone right away,” Blanchard says. “You could tell just looking at the car.”
The driver of the Nissan was taken to South Shore Hospital with what police said were “non-life threatening injuries.”
The two people in the third car were not hurt.
Alan Cron, Principal of Rockland High School, where Sullivan was a student, described the teen as an, “outstanding student, a hard working student-athlete, and an active member of the school community.”
“He was a true student leader and we are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” Cron said in a written statement.
No other information is available at this point in the investigation.
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