Police: Recent Hamden High graduate killed in New Haven crash

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A recent Hamden High graduate was killed Sunday in a crash in New Haven.

A recent Hamden High graduate was killed Sunday in a crash in New Haven.

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HAMDEN — A recent high school grad was killed last weekend in a crash in New Haven, officials said Thursday.

New Haven Police responded to a one-car crash on Orchard Street between Munson and Henry streets around 11:50 p.m. Sunday, Officer Scott Shumway said.

Elias Hnini, who graduated this year from Hamden High School, was identified as the driver and died from his injuries at Yale New Haven Hospital, Shumway said.

Hnini was the starting goalie for the Hamden High boys soccer and lacrosse teams, according to the Hamden Soccer Association.

“(Elias was) a true leader on and off the field. His presence on the field was going to be missed, and now this devastating blow will be felt in the hearts of all of those who had the pleasure to know him,” the soccer association said in a statement.

“(We) would like to express our deep felt sorrow and condolences to all those who (knew) Elias. We can not imagine the sadness you must be feeling from your loss. May the love of all those who surround you help you through the days ahead.”

william.lambert@hearstmediact.com