UConn student dies in Tolland car accident 

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UConn student Nathan Patrick Sterling passed away Wednesday due to injuries from a car accident.  Photo by Pixabay from Pexels.

UConn student Nathan Patrick Sterling passed away Wednesday due to injuries from a car accident. Photo by Pixabay from Pexels.

The victim of a one-car crash on Wednesday night in Tolland has been identified as a University of Connecticut student and Tolland High School graduate, according to the Tolland Patch.  

20-year-old Nathan Patrick Sterling of Ellington, Connecticut, was driving along Peter Green Road in Tolland when he lost control of the vehicle while trying to negotiate a curve. The car veered off the road and struck two trees, according to state police.  

Sterling was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was the only occupant inside the 2010 Nissan Sentra, according to Eyewitness News. He was transported by Life Star to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  

Sterling had recently graduated from Manchester Community College and transferred to UConn to complete his economics degree, according to university spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz.   

“Although Nathan hadn’t been at UConn for very long, it’s clear from his accomplishments at MCC and his promising start here that his potential was unlimited,” Reitz said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are affected by this very sad loss.” 

 Reitz said services will be available to students struggling with the loss throughout the university.   

“UConn officials learned early this morning of his death, and will be reaching out to offer assistance to his friends and classmates,” Reitz said.  


Taylor Harton is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at taylor.harton@uconn.edu.

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