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Police: Stonington High student was injured by truck left in neutral

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Stonington — Police have determined that a Stonington High School student and football player who was seriously injured in an accident at his home Saturday night was struck by a rolling truck left in neutral.

Police said that Ben French had incorrectly thought the truck was in park but when it began to roll away, he tried to stop it and was struck by the trailer hitch.

The Old Mystic fire chief as well as Mystic River Ambulance, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital paramedics and police originally responded to the home at 495 North Stonington Road after receiving a call about 10:30 p.m. reporting that a 15-year-old boy had been injured.

French was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital, where he is being treated.

Earlier this week, high school football coach A.J. Massengale started a GoFundMe page, bit.ly/benfrenchgfm, for French and his family and by 3:30 p.m. Thursday it had raised almost $31,000 from 446 donors.

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