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Rockland teen killed in early morning crash

ROCKLAND, Mass. (WHDH) –A 17-year-old was killed after a multiple car crash in Rockland Thursday morning, according to the Plymouth DA and officials are now investigating whether he was drag racing before the accident. 

Officials received several 911 calls at around 2:50 a.m. regarding a collision on Beech Street.

The victim was identified as Patrick J. Sullivan, a senior at Rockland High School and a three-sport athlete.

Sullivan’s family confirmed the death. He was the lone occupant of the car and the airbag did deploy.

“Saw him hit, saw him flip, and he didn’t – I don’t know what else to say. I feel so bad for his family,” Heather Ludington said. 

A neighbor said one of the tires hit her car, then her house, and she saw the driver of one of the vehicles outside.

“I went over and and I tried to tell him, you know, just don’t move, just lay there. He was, like, on his knees,” Barbara Lanchard said.

Police said Sullivan’s car and a blue vehicle, which went into the trees, were involved in the initial collision. Then, two young men in a third car came along and ran into Sullivan’s car.

“He was partially ejected from the vehicle and pinned underneath it. There was nothing that we could have done to save his life at that point,” Capt. Tom Heaney of the Rockland Fire Department said.

Friends and classmates of Sullivan stopped by the accident scene to trade stories, laugh, and cry. Dennis McPeck, a wrestling teammate of Sullivan’s, said he was a funny guy.

“The funniest. That’s why it’s so hard,” he said.

Sullivan played football and baseball, and had just made the varsity wrestling team. He was waiting to see if he had been accepted to Penn State. Sullivan’s grandfather is a retired Boston Police superintendent.

Rockland police will continue to investigate the crash. The driver of the other car involved in the crash was taken to the hospital, it’s unclear if they will face charges.

Source: WHDH