East Haddam

Teen Dies After Crash in East Haddam

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A teenager has passed away after a crash in East Haddam Wednesday night.

Troopers responded to Mott Lane to investigate a report of a car accident just before 8 p.m.

According to police, a 2004 Ford F250 Super Duty pickup, was traveling west on Mott Lane when the driver, 16-year-old Connor Young, veered left, crossing the eastbound travel lane for some unknown reason.

The truck went off the road and struck a tree, investigators said.

Young was the only person in the truck. Officials said he was transported to Hartford Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Young’s friends said he was one of the hardest working and kindest people they have ever known.

He was a junior at the high school and co-owned a landscaping business, which he ran with his friend, Mitchell Myjak, of East Haddam.

“I think the whole town right now is just really at a standstill and quiet,” Myjak said.

"It's just we are not sure what to do really," he added.

Myjak said Young was the one who had the initiative to start the business.

“I can't take the credit. He was the one who had the initiative to start our business together so that's why he had a very big impact on myself," Myjak said. "He was just someone who five minutes after school we were already out on our first job site- working through the rain and storms.” 

Philip Smith, of East Haddam, a friend and an employee of the landscaping company, said he couldn't put a price on how much Connor meant to everyone around him.

“Everyone knew him. He was always just such a kind person to everyone," Smith said.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Troop K at 860-465-5400.

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