Tragic news to report today, as a local teen has been identified as the person killed in a recent car fire on I-84.

According to the Connecticut State Police, 17-year-old Liam Declan Divine was headed west on I-84 at around 10:24 PM on Friday (January 17) in the area of exit 9 in Newtown when, for an unknown reason, the Mazda 6 he was driving left the roadway, traveling up a grass embankment before colliding with a large tree. Police say that once the vehicle came to an uncontrolled stop facing south, the car became fully engulfed in flames.

When first responders arrived on the scene, Devine was found to be deceased.

According to Liam's obituary, the 17-year-old was a very talented honor student at Immaculate High School in Danbury, and was recognized by the State of Connecticut as being a gifted individual. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed graphic design and had received many merit awards for his superb academics.

The family will receive friends from 4:00pm-8:00pm on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Liam’s memory, to Immaculate High School, 73 Southern Blvd., Danbury, CT 06810.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Connecticut State Police Troop A at 203-267-2240, as case remains under investigation.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Liam Devine's loved ones.

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