HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A 15-year-old Hamden High School student killed in a head-on crash on Dixwell Ave. had just started his sophomore year and was on the football team.
"It was a tremendous tragedy," said Gary Highsmith, Principal of Hamden High School. "He was just on the way to get something to eat with his uncle and never comes back home."
The teen was killed in a two-car crash around 10 o'clock Thursday morning on Dixwell Avenue..
"I heard a big boom like something, like big, like that big noise," said Mohammed Younas.
Younas heard a loud bang outside his smoke shop and a surveillance camera captured the horrific accident.
"I went outside to see the accident and it's bad," said Younas.
The head-on collision happened on Dixwell Avenue near the intersection of Lexington Street.
Police say a 27-year-old man was driving a Volkswagen southbound when he crossed the centerline, in northbound traffic, hitting a Honda, driven by a 31-year-old Hamden man.
The 15-year-old passenger in the Volkswagen was killed. The drivers in the Volkswagen and Honda were taken to the hospital for injuries.
The 15-year-old was a football player was new to Hamden High.
"He fell in love instantly with the school, with the students, it's a great student body. I know why he would easily fall in love with it. His father said he was really optimistic about his chances, he was on the football team and used it as a beginning to make friends here," said Highsmith.
Classmates are trying to deal with this tragedy.
"We were all just shocked," said Austin Banks, Hamden High School student. "My locker was next to his."
"Just stick together and hope for the best," said Sheree Taylor, Hamden High School student.
"Even though he was new, he was a member of the team. Once you put that uniform on, you become a member of the family," said Highsmith.
HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A 15-year-old boy died Wednesday, after a horrific crash in Hamden.
The crushed, crumpled car is where the 15-year-old New Haven boy was a front passenger, the force of the crash killing him.
The sound startled a nearby store owner.
"It's a big like a bomb blast and I go like that, and still I am ya know," said Mohammad Younas, store owner.
The outside store camera recorded the accident as it happened. He has given it to police. His son showed it to News 8.
"It was like a big accident," said Arslan Younas, Hamden.
It shows the Volkswagen heading towards New Haven being cut off, as a result crossing into oncoming traffic, colliding with the Honda.
The impact spinning both cars around.
"So, then I run outside and I see, and I know it's very bad," said Mohammad.
The 15-year old passenger dead, the 27-year-old Hamden man behind the wheel injured with cuts to his face.
The 31-year-old Hamden man driving the Honda also injured.
Police are still looking for the cut off driver.
"There might have been another vehicle investigation," said Captain Ronald Smith, Hamden Police Department.
It turns out the four lanes of Dixwell Avenue are a state road, the state's responsibility. Though the mayor says there are 17 stop lights in this two mile stretch, residents complain drivers treat it like a raceway.
"It depends on the people. They go to slow down the speed limit, I mean you can't really blame the cops or anybody. You can't have a cop on every street looking at everybody so it's usually up to the people to slow down," said Younas.
The driver of the Honda has been released from the hospital and a relative says he is upset about the accident.
"He didn't know what hit him. He had no clue what hit at all. He was driving and all of a sudden, bam," said Octavia Ricks, the relative.
When asked if he head about the young man, Ricks said, "Oh my God, he was devastated, was devastated."
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