Safwaan Dalal

Safwaan Dalal (July 4, 2014)

MANCHESTER — A June graduate of Manchester High School who was badly injured in a crash on Wednesday has died, school officials said Friday.

Safwaan Dalal, 18, died Friday at Hartford Hospital of injuries he suffered in the crash.

The accident occurred about 7:15 a.m. near 255 Vernon St. The preliminary investigation showed Dalal, driving a 2007 Honda Civic, was northbound at a high rate of speed when the car left the road and hit the curb and then a large tree, police said.

Manchester Superintendent Matt Geary notified the high school staff of Dalal's death on Friday.

"Over the past two days, I have received many texts and emails from staff members who knew Safwaan well," Geary wrote in an email posted on the high school website. "They all described him as bright, thoughtful, and compassionate young man with unlimited potential."

Dalal, the sole occupant, was trapped in the crushed car, and firefighters used hydraulic tools to free him. Dalal was unconscious and had suffered injuries to his face, head, chest, lower extremities and abdomen, Fire Chief Robert Bycholski said.

He was taken to Manchester Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Hartford Hospital.

"The number of students and staff that went to Hartford Hospital is a testament to how important he was to so many people," Geary wrote. "In addition to being an outstanding person, Safwaan was an outstanding student who earned straight A's this year in Advanced Placement classes in calculus, biology, psychology and U.S. Government."

Geary said school counselors will be available at the high school on Monday to assist any students who drop by.

Police said earlier this week that a preliminary investigation indicated that speed may have been a factor in the crash. The accident is still under investigation and anyone with additional information is asked to call Officer Aaron Calkins at 860-645-5560.