Driver identified in fatal East Hartford crash

(WTNH/Joseph Sferrazza)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The driver killed when he crashed his car into a septic truck on Monday has been identified as 17-year-old Leonel Colon of Hartford.

The crash happened around 10:48a.m on Silver Lane and Holland Lane.

East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc issued a statement saying “as a community, we grieve the loss of a young man and extend our support and prayers to his family, friends, and our school community. We are working closely with the school system to insure the proper resources are available to assist in the grieving process.”

Related Story: One dead after stolen car crashes into septic truck

The car being driven by Colonel collided with a septic truck and burst into flames. Police are investigating if the car was stolen after they had been following that car on the other side of town.

On Monday, Sergeant Michael Demaine, East Hartford Police, said “It was just a stolen motor vehicle..unless it was something more dangerous we would keep following.”

Colon was a student at Synergy Alternative High school at Stevens School.

The accident remains under investigation.

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