A 19-year-old man is dead and another person is injured after a car accident that sent their vehicle airborne and struck the ceiling of a tunnel in Boston.
Massachusetts State Police say the car was headed east on Route 90 around 2:15 a.m. Sunday when it went into the air near exit 22. The crash tore down wires and cables in the tunnel. Investigators are still trying to determine how the car went flying.
Police say 19-year-old Yao Cao was driving the car, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. Cao, originally from China, was a first-year student at Suffolk University.
Marisa Kelly, acting president of Suffolk University, issued a statement expressing her sympathy stating, “The loss of such a young life is a tragedy beyond words. As a community we extend our deepest sympathies to Yao’s family and to all those who knew and loved him. As you join me in mourning the tragic loss of one of our students, please know that my thoughts are with all of you in this very difficult time.”
The crash is being investigated by State Police and Suffolk County Detectives, but authorities believe excessive speed and impairment played a role.