A 10-year-old girl was killed and two others were seriously injured on Sunday afternoon in a one-car crash on Interstate 91 North in Middletown.
Jasmine Bryant was killed in the crash. She was a student at Elm City College Preparatory Middle School in New Haven.
"“Our school community was devastated to learn that Jazmine Bryant, a fifth-grade student, passed away in a tragic car accident yesterday. Jazmine was filled with a love of learning and had a wonderful bounce in her step as she came to school each morning. We have reached out to our neighboring Achievement First schools and the New Haven Board of Education to provide grief counseling support as our school community grapples with this news," principal Rebecca Good said in a statement. "Jazmine will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and condolences are with her family during this difficult time."
State Police said the girl's aunt, Keshia Bryant, 29, of New Haven, lost control of her Ford Explorer near exit 20 at 4:30 p.m. and the car rolled over several times.
Jasmine and her 5-year-old cousin, Aniya Santos, who were passengers, were thrown from the SUV. Aniya, who is the daughter Keshia Bryant, suffered a broken right arm, police said.
None of the people in the car, including the two children, was wearing a seat belt, according to state police.
All three were rushed by ambulance to Hartford Hospital, where Jasmine was pronounced dead. The driver and her daughter were seriously injured, according to state police.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.