NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Branford man was killed in a two-vehicle crash near the Interstate 91 North Exit 3 off-ramp in New Haven early Friday morning.

The New Haven Police Department and Connecticut State Police responded to the crash between a grey Volvo and a white Ford E450 box truck near Trumbull Street and Orange Street around 1:30 a.m.

The passenger in the Volvo, identified by police as 25-year-old Max Peters, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Volvo, a 25-year-old Milford man, and the driver of the box truck, a 30-year-old Naugatuck man, were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Max Peters was a beloved teacher and counselor at the Grove School in Madison. Peter Chorney Executive Director of Grove School shared the following statement with News 8:

“The news of the Max Peters’ fatal car accident has devastated our community.  Max was an exceptional young man who made a significant impact on the students and staff at Grove School.  As a veteran teacher/counselor, Max always put his students first and had become a campus leader and mentor to newer staff.  He had a bright future at Grove School.  Max had a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, a great sense of humor and a warm smile.  He was also an important part of our drama and arts programming.  As we grieve his passing, he leaves behind a community that loved him and will remember him for all of his strong connections and wonderful character traits. He will be missed.”

The I-91 northbound Exit 3 off-ramp and the I-91 southbound Exit 3 off-ramp were closed but have since reopened.

Any witnesses of the crash are asked to call the New Haven Police Department Investigative Services Division at (203) 946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous or submit tips anonymously by calling 1-866-888-TIPS(8477) or email to ECIC@newhavenct.gov.