BERLIN, Conn. (WTNH) — A 15-year-old Berlin High School student was struck and killed while riding his bicycle early Saturday morning, police said.

Berlin police said Chase Anderson left the Mobil gas station, located at 2005 Berlin Turnpike, around 3 a.m. He made it across three lanes of the Berlin Turnpike, but police said he was struck by a car heading southbound in the closest lane to Orchard Road.

Anderson was taken to a hospital in New Britain, where police said he was pronounced dead. Police said the driver remained on the scene.

The teen lived approximately half a mile up Orchard Road, on Toll Gate Road, police said.

“We are devastated by the loss of Chase and heartbroken for his family and friends,” said Eileen Eustis, the principal at Berlin High School. “He was a friend to many with a special spark and a great sense of humor.”

Chase Anderson
Chase Anderson (Photo provided by family)

Counselors will be on hand at the high school this week and next.

“Chase was really looking forward to the start of the school year, so we are going to do our best to honor him by embodying his energetic spirit as we welcome back and support staff and students this week,” said Brian Benigni, superintendent of schools.

Anderson recently became a member of the Berlin Police Cadet Program, which started at the Berlin police station in June.

“He was immensely enthusiastic about everything he did,” Deputy Chief Chris Ciuci said. “In the short time he was with our program, he touched our officers and our officers working with the program, as I’m sure he touched the lives of many other people, whether it be at Berlin High School or in our community. Our hearts break for the Anderson family.”

The Midstate Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating and will determine if the driver violated any traffic laws. Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call Detective Brett Kelly at 860-828-7080.