Police: Middletown High grad killed, 2 teens seriously hurt in Route 9 accident

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A state police report identified Amil Carlton Phillip, 18, of Woodbury Circle in Middletown, Conn., as the fatality in a crash on Route 9 on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

A state police report identified Amil Carlton Phillip, 18, of Woodbury Circle in Middletown, Conn., as the fatality in a crash on Route 9 on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

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MIDDLETOWN — A recent Middletown High School graduate was killed and two others were seriously hurt in a crash Tuesday night on Route 9, state police said.

Amil Carlton Phillip, 18, of Woodbury Circle in Middletown, was identified as the teen who died in a Connecticut State Police report released Wednesday. Seriously hurt in the crash were an 18-year-old New Britain woman and an 18-year-old Middletown man.

Phillip was driving a vehicle with two passengers in the left lane on Route 9 north between exits 11 and 12 around 7:20 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, he veered from the left lane toward the right shoulder, the report said.

When the vehicle entered the grassy area on the side of the road, it hit a tree and overturned, the report said. The vehicle sustained heavy damage. Phillip suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by fire personnel, the report said.

The front and rear passengers suffered serious injuries that were deemed to be non-life-threatening, the report said. They were taken to Hartford Hospital to be treated.

Phillip, who earned his diploma in 2020, was a defensive back and wide receiver for the Middletown High School football team, according to Max Preps.

Middletown Chief of School Operations and Communications Marco Gaylord said a letter was sent to parents and staff Wednesday alerting them of the tragedy. “It’s a very emotional time,” he acknowledged.

The district has mobilized the Middletown High School crisis intervention team, which will be available to anyone who needs to talk Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A list of resources for those needing additional help was also emailed to parents and staff, he said.

The state police investigation is ongoing.

Hearst Connecticut Media reporters Leah Brennan and Tara O’Neill contributed to this article.