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Stamford High School student mourned after deadly motorcycle crash

Stamford police said the teenage boy was riding a motorcycle up Lockwood Avenue when a car going the other direction turned left onto William Street.

Marissa Alter

May 20, 2024, 8:49 PM

Updated 29 days ago

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A crisis response team of social workers and other mental health professionals were at Stamford High School Monday morning following the sudden death of a 17-year-old student, whose mother is a teacher at another local school.
Stamford police said the teenage boy was riding a motorcycle up Lockwood Avenue when a car going the other direction turned left onto William Street.
“At that point, he impeded into the path of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist attempted to stop, could not, and skidded. The motorcycle fell down and slid into the side of the car,” stated Stamford Police Sgt. Jeffrey Booth.
Booth said the teen was rushed to the hospital where he later died. Police are not releasing his name due to his age. The school district isn’t either, with officials adding that they didn’t want to amplify the family’s pain.
Stamford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero sent an email to SPS families over the weekend, which said in part: “The pain of this tragedy is compounded by the fact that the student’s mother is a beloved teacher in our district. Losing a child is every family's worst nightmare, and we are heartbroken for this student's parents, siblings, extended family, and friends….Stamford may be a city of nearly 140,000 people, but Stamford Public Schools is a tight-knit, inter-connected community. Many of our employees are Stamford residents who themselves graduated from Stamford Public Schools and whose children are students here. Many of our current staff and families may know the family from the community, and still more may have interacted with the student’s mother in her role as a teacher….This is a painful loss for our school community, and it will take time to heal. Please know that we are committed to doing everything we can to help our students and staff process this terrible news.”
A memorial was put up on the corner where the teen lost his life. His name and pictures are all over it, but News 12 is choosing not to identify him. On Monday afternoon, friends stopped by to light candles, leave flowers, take pictures and pray. One said he still can't believe this happened.
Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons released the following statement: “Our Stamford community is heartbroken by the tragic loss of one of our Stamford High School students,” said Mayor Simmons. “My thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends during this time of unimaginable grief. My office will continue to work closely with the Superintendent’s office to ensure grief and crisis response resources are available to support students and faculty as they navigate this challenging news.”
Booth said the police investigation into the crash will take at least two to three months. The driver of the car, who’s also a Stamford resident, remained on the scene and is cooperating, according to police. Booth said all factors will be looked at including the speeds of both drivers, and there were no signs of intoxication at the scene. He also told News 12 the victim was not wearing a helmet.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad at 203-977-4712.


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