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Ice and speed were factors in crash that killed Elyria teen, say police

Posted at 12:05 PM, Dec 27, 2017

An Elyria teen was found dead in his car Wednesday after authorities say he crashed his vehicle into a tree in Carlisle Township.

Troopers arrived at the crash site around 4 a.m. after receiving a call about a car in a ditch near the 10880 block of West Ridge Road, a rural area about two miles from the Lorain County Regional Airport.

According to authorities, 17-year-old Kayden Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams attended Keystone High School and played on the football team. His coach posted a tribute to the teen on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Troopers said the road was slick from icy conditions, and they said it appears Williams was driving at an unsafe speed. A preliminary investigation indicates Williams' car went off the side of the road into a ditch, overturned and then struck a tree, authorities said.

The teen was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor.

It is unclear what time the crash occurred or what direction the teen was heading when the crash happened.

The crash remains under investigation, troopers said.

Keystone High School will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday night and officials will be there for grief counseling. The school is located at 580 Opportunity Way, Lagrange.