WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — Westport Police are investigating a weekend crash that left one high school student dead and sent three others to the hospital.
Police said a 1997 Toyota Camry slammed into a pole in the area of 1634 Drift Road just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Two rear-seat passengers who were not wearing seat belts were thrown from the vehicle.
Erika Hall, 16, was killed, and another victim was injured.
The driver and front-seat passenger were both wearing seat belts. Both were treated at local hospitals and released.
A witness who lives a few houses down from the crash site said the car flipped over on its roof.
“It was leaking fuel and it looked bad, the car was crushed. It wasn’t good at all,” he said.
Westport School Superintendent Ann Dargon confirmed to Eyewitness News that all four people involved in the single-car crash were Westport High School students.
“Our prayers and thoughts go out to the students and their families,” Dargon said in a statement Monday. “Our responsibility is to support each other and to assist students and families who may be struggling.”
Counselors were made available Monday for staff and students across the school district to help them cope with the tragedy.
The Westport Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, and Bristol County District Attorney’s Office were all investigating the crash.