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19-Year-Old Dies After Crashing Into Pole in Milford, Mass.

Police say the crash caused power outages in the area

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    Jacqueline Gray, a 19-year-old student at Connecticut's Quinnipiac University, dies after a car crashed into a utility pole Sunday night in Milford, Massachusetts. (Published Monday, July 4, 2016)

    Police in Milford, Massachusetts, say a 19-year-old woman has died after a car crashed into a utility pole Sunday night.

    The victim was identified as the Quinnipiac student, Jacqueline Gray of Milford.

    Authorities say a group of teens was in 2003 Ford Explorer were heading to a fireworks show at the time of the crash, which happened on Congress Street after 10 p.m., just doors away from Gray's home.

    The female driver, who has not been identified, told police the car's brakes weren't working and the car kept speeding up before she told her passengers that they should jump from the car.

    Gray was found outside the car by first responders. It's unclear if she had jumped from the moving vehicle.

    Her brother was also a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the crash, according to police.

    Alcohol was not involved, police say, but the investigation will look into whether speed, distracted driving and mechanical issues played a role in the crash.

    Police say the crash caused power outages in the area.

    Gray was also a sophomore at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut majoring in psychology and was a member of the Ice Cats, which is the hockey team's cheerleaders on skates.

    "There are no words to adequately express our sympathy to Jacqueline's family and friends," the university said in a statement, adding that it was making counseling services available to the community.

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