MAHOPAC, N.Y. - A Mahopac teen was killed last week when his car collided with a tree and caught fire.

Police Chief Mike Cazzari said that on Thursday, Sept. 26, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Carmel police responded to a call for a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival, officers found a gray Honda Civic, which had struck a pine tree on Woodbine Drive and flipped onto its passenger side. The front of the vehicle, as well as the tree, was on fire as the driver lay unconscious and trapped in the vehicle.

Cazzari said Officer Christopher Fox pulled the driver out of the vehicle as the fire began to spread to the front passenger compartment. He was then assisted by Officer Neil Brown as they carried the driver away from the burning vehicle.

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The Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department and ambulance crew, along with EMStar medics, responded to the scene to extinguish the fire and provide medical aid to the driver, who was identified as 18-year-old John Rossetti Jr. of Mahopac. He was transported to Putnam Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:27 a.m.

Cazzari said the subsequent investigation indicated that excessive speed likely played a role in the accident as the teen tried to negotiate a sharp curve.

Article provided by the Carmel Police Department