Police said Robert Ziminski, 27, was killed on impact when his Ford F150 pickup truck hit a tree on Walpole Street at 3:08 a.m. There were no other passengers in the vehicle and no one else was injured, police said.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Canton Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.
The 2006 BC graduate, who lived in Salem, was a defensive end for Boston College after graduating from Argo Community High School in Illinois in 2002.
“We were shocked and saddened to hear of Robert’s tragic death,” said Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani. “He was a member of the Boston College football family, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”