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Teen killed in crash; 2 others injured


A Bolton teen was killed in an early-morning crash, which injured two other passengers Saturday.

According to police, 18-year-old Cody Morra of Bolton was killed when the car he was a passenger in struck a tree along Route 85.

Police said the three young men were traveling west along the road in a Nissan 240 SX before the car left the road and struck a tree.

Kyle Christensen, 20, of Bolton and 16-year-old Andrew Leardi of Columbia were injured and were taken to Hartford Hospital by ambulance.

Students and friends who knew Morra are trying to cope with the news.

"Why Cody? You know? He's such a loving, loving kid," said Lindsay Wasserman.

Wasserman along with three other friends went to the crash site to place flowers for Morra.

"For a kid like Cody who wants to be friends with everyone and involved in this school, it's just absolutely devastating," Wasserman said.

"It's a first for everyone here in high school. We've never had to deal with this before," Will Davis said. "Andrew is a good friend, and Kyle is, too, and everyone has family in the town and everyone is really involved. It's just really upsetting."

At 7 p.m. on Saturday a student-organized vigil was held inside of Bolton High School in honor of Morra.

Bolton Superintendent Kristin Heckt sent a letter to parents about the loss of Morra.

The letter said: "As you may be aware, Cody Morra, a senior at Bolton High School, was killed last night in a car accident. Andrew Leardi, a junior at Bolton High School, and Kyle Christensen, a former Bolton student, were injured. This tragic event has affected all of us deeply."

The letter continued: "At the school, we have implemented a plan for responding to this tragic event focused on helping our students and their families get back to everyday activities as soon as possible. Our team of administrators, teachers, counselors and community members has developed a plan and has received guidelines for discussing death and traumatic events and reactions to it. There will be district personnel and grief counselors available to students who need special attention and support."

Heckt ended the letter saying: "I know the entire Bolton Public Schools community joins me in sending our collective thoughts and prayers to the families. With a heavy heart, Kristin B. Heckt, superintendent of schools."

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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