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Glastonbury police say 2 teens killed in SUV, motorcycle crash

Officials have released the identity of both teens.

GLASTONBURY, Conn. — A motorcyclist and a 15-year-old are dead after an SUV and a motorcycle crashed Sunday evening, police said. 

Gordon  “Mac” Southby, 18, from Glastonbury was driving the motorcycle involved in the crash.  Police said Southby was a senior at Glastonbury High School.  He was taken from the scene of the crash and was pronounced dead a short time later at an area hospital.

Glastonbury school officials said in a statement, "It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that one of our students, Gordon “Mac” Southby, passed away yesterday. Mac was very intelligent and charismatic, and will be greatly missed.  We have Mac's family and friends in our thoughts as they process this devastating loss.

Experiencing the death of a student is never easy, and we want to ensure that our school community feels supported during this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to seek support through the school counseling office if needed. Our school counselors, psychologists and other support staff are here to provide assistance to anyone who may need it."

The other victim of the crash was identified by Colchester school officials as Andra Spencer, 15. She attended Bacon Academy, the towns high school. Police said she was in the SUV that was involved and died at the hospital. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they endure this difficult time. As a community, we are committed to supporting our students who may be emotionally impacted by this tragic news. Our counselors will be available at Bacon Academy and William J. Johnston Middle School for any student who is in need of support," said a statement sent to families by Dr. T.Y. McDowell, Superintendent of Schools.

The crash happened in Glastonbury on Hebron Avenue. Police said that just before 7 p.m., a driver called 911 to report a crash near the Route 2 east on-ramp. 

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Others in the SUV were taken to the hospital for observation.

Glastonbury police and the Connecticut State Police CARS Unit are investigating the crash.

 Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the Glastonbury Police Department, Ofc. Sharov, at 860-633-8301.

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In 2002, four people were killed the same location when a BMW carrying three teens crashed at high speed into a Ford Escort driven by a man in his 30s. Daniel Palmer and his passengers, Wesley Clark and Eric Mahoney, all 17 years old at the time, and Brian Sullivan, 38, were killed.

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Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at jglatz@fox61.com.  

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