WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The West Springfield community mourns the loss of a 17-year-old high school student who died in a car crash last night.
Police said the teen was driving on Sibley Avenue around 9 p.m. Thursday when his vehicle crashed.
Police said the driver, identified by West Springfield school officials as Kyle Thibodeau, was the only one in the car at the time of the crash and that they are investigating the cause.
We got statistics on the number of crashes on that road for the last several years as last night's incident happened just on the edge of a curve in the road.
"I saw the cops and the ambulances, the fire trucks, and I knew it was something serious," said Vinnie DePergola, who lives on Sibley Avenue.
WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - The West Springfield community is coming together to remember the 17-year-old high school senior killed in …
Coming around the bend of Sibley Avenue in West Springfield, you can see the cones, tire tracks in the dirt and a sole rosary looped around the bent fire hydrant - small remnants of the crash that took 17-year old Kyle Thibodeau's life Thursday night.
Sandwiched between two busier streets, a neighbor who lives close to where the crash happened explains how Sibley Avenue's twists can become dangerous.
"It’s a cut-through street between Route 20 and Dewey. We’ve got a lot of people who like the windy road and so...try to test it a little stronger than others," DePergola added.
There is no official cause of Thibodeau's crash as it is still under investigation.
However, Western Mass News pulled the numbers and found police have investigated six crashes on Sibley Avenue since January 2015. None of them, until Thursday night's, were ever fatal.
"I looked down the street and I could see definitely something happen, but I wanted to get first responders their space to do what they needed," DePergola noted.
West Springfield School Superintendent Michael Richard announced to parents that grief counseling is available to for the student body, saying in part: "counselors are available for any student who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss."