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Teenage Driver Involved In Accident Will Return Home Thursday

The driver of the vehicle hopes to be back in school on Monday.

Kylee Taylor, 17, will return home Thursday morning from Hartford Hospital with a broken collar bone, a couple of bruised ribs, cuts and bruises all over and two black eyes.

The teenager was involved in a and was found at the scene stuck under the Ford Explorer she was driving.

"All I saw was the car come crashing down on my head," she said. "I thought I was going to die, it hurt so bad."

Resident state trooper Sgt. James Gilman, Ledyard police officers Scott Peterson and Alan Muench and off-duty state trooper Gary Butters lifted the vehicle and pulled the girl to safety.

"I was pretty happy and kept thanking them for saving me," she said.

Taylor said she was driving on the west side of the road heading toward Route 117 and swerved to avoid hitting a car that was in her lane. She said she remembers crashing through a stone wall and that her vehicle rolled over a couple times.

The vehicle was found resting on its side, driver's side down in Tod Rowley's front yard at 705 Long Cove Road. Ledyard police Lt. Michael Finkelstein said the accident is still under investigation.

Sharon Stegall March 15, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I'm so happy that Kylee is okay. When I heard she'd been partially ejected from the car, I knew she couldn't have been belted in. I'm sure Kylee realizes how much worse this could have been and hope from now on she will always wear her seatbelt.
Ken Taylor March 16, 2012 at 04:45 AM
When I when to collect her things out of the car, her seat belt was in the extended position, frozen were it had been pulled across. The latch mechanism failed at the latch point from the force of the first impact. That was just what I saw, but I will let accident investigation team make the determination.

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