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The 18-year-old motorist who was killed in a one-car crash on Saturday was Richard Heferle of Gates Drive in Derby, Evans police reported today.

Heferle was killed about 12:30 p.m. when the 2007 Lincoln MZD sedan he was driving went off Sturgeon Point Road near Decker Road and slammed into a tree, Lt. Peter Smith said.

“We spoke to witnesses who saw the accident. The car was moving at a high rate of speed when it suddenly left the road and hit the tree,” Smith said. “We do not believe that weather conditions were a factor.”

Heferle was alone in the car. Police said they initially withheld his identity after the crash so that his family could be notified.

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