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.
I am going to miss you Kayden! Love your smile, your energy, your love of life! I love you and am thankful for our time together. God bless you and your family. pic.twitter.com/eN5j25gfWH
— Coach Griswold (@TheMrGriz) December 27, 2017
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.
We lost a member of our Keystone family today as junior Kayden Williams was in a fatal car accident. As we mourn this loss, we offer our prayers and deepest sympathy to Kayden's family and friends.
— Keystone Schools (@KeystoneSchools) December 27, 2017
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.