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Student-athlete from Ledyard killed in crash

Zackory Salomonson (Ledyard High School/Lifetouch photography)

A student-athlete at an eastern Connecticut high school has been killed in a crash just a quarter-mile from his house.

Police said 16-year-old Ledyard High School sophomore Zackory Salomonson died when the pickup truck he was in left the roadway, struck a tree and rolled over on Tuesday afternoon. Salomonson was a sprinter on the school's track team.

The driver, a 17-year-old student, climbed out of the crashed vehicle and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Principal Amanda Fagan said extra crisis counselors have been called in to help classmates deal with the death.

Fagan told The Day of New London that Salomonson was a jokester, savvy with hands-on tasks, and that his face and eyes lit up when he talked about track.

The crash remains under investigation.

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