WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — A community in New Castle County is mourning the death of a high school senior after a tragic crash early Friday morning.
The Red Clay School District says 18-year-old Sarai Trujillo was driving to John Dickinson High School in Wilmington around 7:10 a.m. when she was involved in a crash on the 1800 block of Newport Road. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say a 15-year-old passenger was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Authorities believe speed was a factor in the single-vehicle accident. Police say Trujillo’s car left the roadway, struck a telephone pole and then a tree.
“Speed was a factor. The first point of impact was into a tree, and then into a police,” said New Castle County Police Master Cpl. Michel Eckerd.
Pati Nash of the Red Clay School District says Trujillo was an honor student at the school.
“It’s a terrible tragedy for the Dickinson community and the Red Clay School District. She was an honor student at Dickinson High School, taking mostly honor classes and she was near the top of her class. Our hearts go out to her family and friends,” said Nash.
Newport Road is currently closed at Kiamensi Road and Old Capitol Trail.
Police are continuing to investigate the crash.