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Teen driver dies in crash

PEABODY — A single-car accident in Peabody Sunday night killed a 17-year-old student of Malden Catholic High School.

Peabody police responded to the intersection at 90 Forest St. and 76 Summit St. at 10:45 p.m. for a report that a car had crashed into a pole. According to a police statement, when the officers arrived on scene they found one occupant, later identified as 17-year-old Alexander Vitale, entrapped behind the wheel with “obvious visible injuries.”

After firefighters extracted him, Vitale, a Peabody resident, was transported to the Lahey Medical Center in Peabody, where he was ultimately pronounced dead.

No one else was involved in the crash.

Details on the cause of the crash have not yet been released, as it remains under investigation by Peabody police with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.

Malden Catholic High School posted a statement on their website acknowledging Vitale’s passing.

“It is with deep sadness that Malden Catholic mourns the loss of senior Alex Vitale,” the statement read. “The Malden Catholic Community joins together in prayer for Alex and his family.”

As the statement noted, Vitale, a senior, was active in the school, including being a member of Lancers-in-Action and Lancer Buddies, as well as a member of the swim team.
Friends and classmates took to Twitter Monday to express their sorrow at the news.

“Alex, it doesn’t seem real that you aren’t here anymore. You were a great friend & always smiling. Love you buddy. Rest In Paradise,” wrote Cam Betz from @_CamBetz_.

Another person, Jake Whelan, from @HartfordWhelans wrote, “RIP Alex Vitale didn’t really know you that well but played football with you for many years such a tragedy #RIP.”

Some people, such as Vijay DaCosta, a teacher and campus minister of St. John’s Preparatory, shared messages of support for Vitale’s surviving loved ones.

“Please keep in your prayers the family, friends, and soul of Alex Vitale, a senior at @Malden_Catholic who recently passed away. @TheNestSJP,” tweeted DaCosta.
Arrangements for Vitale have not yet been announced.

Source: Salem News