Teen Might Be Paralyzed After Underage Driver Crashed Into Trinity College Pillar: Police

A 16-year-old Hartford boy might be paralyzed from the neck down after a 14-year-old West Hartford girl crashed a stolen car into the pillars on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford Tuesday morning, according to police.

The 14-year-old girl was driving a car that had been stolen from West Hartford and the 16-year-old boy and another 14-year-old girl were passengers in the car when the crash happened at Summit Street and New Britain Avenue just before 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.

When officers arrived, the 16-year-old boy was trapped in the back seat of the vehicle and needed to be extricated.

He was taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and listed in critical/stable condition.

Police said he sustained significant neck injuries and is likely paralyzed from the neck down.

A 14-year-old girl from West Hartford was sitting outside the car when police arrived and an ambulance transported her to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.

While she was at the hospital with her parents she admitted she was the driver but refused to answer any more of the detectives’ questions, police said.

Police issued a summons to the driver for operating without a license and reckless driving. She is due in juvenile court on March 2.

The other 14-year-old West Hartford girl who police said had been in the car at the time of the crash ran from the scene and friends eventually took her to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Police said those friends were in another stolen vehicle.

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