MOREAU — A Moreau teenager was killed Thursday when the car he was a passenger in crashed on Bluebird Road.
The accident happened at about 5:30 a.m. A 2007 Chevrolet Malibu driven by an 18-year-old male was traveling west on Bluebird Road when it went off the left shoulder and struck several trees, according to State Police.
State Police said Zachery Brown, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 14-year-old male passenger was taken to Albany Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was treated at Glens Falls Hospital and released.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time, police said. The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit cleared the scene early Thursday afternoon after the vehicle was towed.
The South Glens Falls Fire Department and Moreau EMS assisted at the scene.
Monica Fish of 206 Bluebird Road said she awoke to a loud noise and called 911.
“There was a terrible crash,” she said.
Tire tracks were observed at the scene. The car took out a light post and came to rest in a cedar tree about 2 feet from a house, according to Fish.
It appeared that the vehicle had left the travel lane and crossed into the opposite lane. Fish said some pavers were found in the neighbors’ yard and scattered across the road.
Fish said she saw two people at the scene, milling about, with one person inside the car, who was Brown. The people outside the car did not say very much.
That section of road is a straightaway with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour.
“I can’t imagine how fast they were going,” she said.
According to Superintendent Michael Patton, Brown attended South Glens Falls Central School District and BOCES and was about to enter his sophomore year.
Patton described Brown in a letter to the community as a polite, very likable young man who had a wonderful sense of humor.
This is the second tragedy for the school in a little more than two weeks. Ryan Vieira was struck and killed Aug. 15 while bicycling on Route 32 in Moreau.
The school district is offering counseling services to all students and staff from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday in the high school library. A counselor may also be reached by calling 518-792-9987.
Patton offered condolences and thoughts to the entire Brown family and Zachery’s friends.