2 Teens Killed in Colchester Crash Were WCSU Lacrosse Players

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Two teens are dead and another is seriously injured after a crash in Colchester Friday afternoon. The three teens involved in the crash are members of the Western Connecticut State University lacrosse team, according to the school.

Connecticut State Police said they responded to a two-car crash on Parum Road, also known as Route 354, and Lake Hayward Road at 1 p.m.

A car was trying to pass another car at a high speed on the left when it veered off the road and hit a metal beam guardrail as well as multiple trees before falling down an embankment, according to authorities.

The driver, 18-year-old Jacob Chapman, was pronounced dead at Marlborough Medical Clinic and his passenger, 18-year-old Tyler Graham, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second passenger was transported by Lifestar to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries, officials said.

Western Connecticut State University said the two teens who were killed and the one teen who is seriously injured are students at the school.

In the statement, University President John B. Clark said the men were all members of the WCSU men's lacrosse team.

"Our counseling center has met with players and coaches of the lacrosse team and we will also provide counseling to students in Litchfield Hall, where the three team members lived on campus, as well as any students in need," Clark said.

The First Selectman's Office in Colchester released a statement on Saturday saying in part, "Our Colchester community is heartbroken over the sudden loss of residents Jake Chapman and Tyler Graham. Both Jake and Tyler were deeply committed to their community and to their schools.  Full of promise and hope for the future, they represented the best of Colchester's young people and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved them."

Connecticut Valley Lacrosse also released a statement saying in part, "Last night we learned of the passing of our of our Class of 2021 Alumni, Tyler Graham. Tyler was a phenomenal athlete, someone who would do whatever it takes to make his mark on the field, and a player whose work ethic was so infectious that those around him pushed themselves to be the best they could be. Life is too short. Tyler we will miss you as will all whose lives you’ve impacted."

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was notified and responded to the scene.

Mutual aid was called in from Hebron, Gardner Lake, Marlborough, along with multiple paramedics and two Lifestar helicopters, according to fire officials.

The road was closed for approximately five hours but has since reopened.

The accident is under investigation.

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