PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A former honor student at Pittsfield High School and his college roommate were killed during the weekend after their car veered off the road, hit a cluster of trees, and landed in a front yard, according to Pittsfield police.

Craig LeDuc, 20, of Pittsfield, who was driving the car, was pronounced dead at the scene early Saturday morning. Kyle Schrade, 20, of Delanson, N.Y., who was LeDuc’s roommate at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., was ejected from the back seat of the car and pronounced dead upon arrival at Berkshire Medical Center.

A third passenger, Joshua Shepard, 20, of Pittsfield, was listed in stable condition at the hospital.

Police told The Berkshire Eagle that the car appears to have been driving excessively fast.

They were uncertain whether alcohol had a played a role in the crash.

Shepard, who attends Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., and LeDuc graduate from Pittsfield High School in 2001. They both earned high honors as seniors and played on several athletic teams. LeDuc was captain of the school’s baseball team his senior year.

“He was a great kid,” baseball coach Bob Moynihan said. “A good student, a good team player. He wasn’t our best player ever but he was the type of kid you wanted on your team.”

The impact of the collision, which occurred soon after midnight, ripped off the Taurus’ doors, took off its roof and dislodged the dashboard, police said.

AP-ES-12-14-03 1631EST



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