SCSU Athletics Identified Teen Killed in Meriden Crash as Student-Athlete

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An 18-year-old died and another person has serious injuries after a crash in Meriden Sunday morning.

Police identified the teen who died at 18-year-old Jaylon Devine Nixon.

The Southern Connecticut State University Athletics department posted a statement on its website saying Jaylon Nixon, 18, of Meriden, was a member of the school's men's swimming and diving team.

"Southern Athletics is devastated to learn of Jaylon's passing," Director of Athletics Jay Moran said in a statement. "My heart breaks when a young person loses their life too soon. Our thoughts are with Jaylon's family, his friends and his Owl teammates during this very difficult time."

According to officials, police and firefighters were dispatched around 4 a.m. after receiving multiple calls of a rollover accident with a possible ejection.

Crews arrived to the area of Research Parkway to find two cars with heavy damage.

"The first vehicle, a 2003 Honda Accord, had rolled over into the northbound lane," said police. "The second car, a 2007 Toyota Scion, had come to rest off the road to the right of the southbound lane."

Crews located Nixon, who had been partially ejected from the Honda and provided him with immediate medical attention. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The statement on the SCSU Athletics website says Nixon was a two-sport standout at Maloney High School in Meriden, where he competed in football and diving.

When he graduated, he held every diving record at Maloney and the co-op records with Platt High School, according to SCSU.

"Southern Connecticut swimming and diving is very sad to learn of Jaylon's passing," head coach Tim Quill said in a statement. "I pray for his family and friends as they deal with his loss. Our hearts and prayers are with the Nixon family as they grieve his tragic passing."

The operator of the Toyota was located in the vehicle and was transported to Midstate Medical with serious injuries.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Meriden Police Sgt. Christopher Griffin at or by calling 203-630-6345.

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