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UPDATE: Chiles student killed in North Meridian Road crash

The roadway between Summerbrooke Drive and Gardner Road was closed until around 11 a.m. as...
The roadway between Summerbrooke Drive and Gardner Road was closed until around 11 a.m. as police investigated the crash.(Sophia Hernandez - WCTV)
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 6:34 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2021 at 11:20 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A Chiles High School freshman was killed in an early Monday morning crash on North Meridian Road.

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we are informing you and our community that Caden Staats, one of our students, passed away today,” Chiles Principal Joe Burgess wrote in an email to the school community. “We have counselors and grief counselors available for our students, teachers, and staff throughout the week. Please keep Caden and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

The Tallahassee Police Department says the crash happened around 4 a.m. Monday, when an SUV traveling north on Meridian went off the road and slammed into several trees. Two other teens were in the vehicle, according to TPD. One suffered life-threatening injuries and the other had minor injuries.

The initial call to police came in around 4:13 a.m. when a person nearby told police they heard the crash from a distance.

The roadway between Summerbrooke Drive and Gardner Road was closed until around 11 a.m. as police investigated the crash.

Drivers were urged to avoid the area.

This is a developing story. Stay with WCTV for the latest.

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