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Wilmington Graduate Injured As Passenger in Fatal Crash

Peter Leighton, a sophomore at Regis College, suffered serious injuries while his men's lacrosse teammate died following a Thursday crash in Weston.

The Regis College community is mourning the death of one student and serious injury of another, a Wilmington resident, following a motorcycle crash on Thursday.

Regis College President Antoinette M. Hays said in a statement that senior Michael Kaplan died as a result of the crash while Wilmington’s Peter Leighton was seriously injured.

According to the statement, the college gathered on campus at the Fine Arts Center to support each other during the time of loss.

“Please pray for Michael as he makes his journey to God and pray for Peter’s recovery,” said Hays in the statement. “We hold their parents and families in our hearts.”

Weston Police are still investigating the crash, which occurred on Chestnut Street at about 3 p.m. According to police, the motorcycle crashed into a telephone pole in the area.

Kaplan, a Braintree resident, was a nursing major at the school.

Leighton graduated from Wilmington High School in 2011 and was a member of the Wildcat boys lacrosse team. During his initial season at Regis College he had a major impact on the men’s lacrosse team. Leighton notched a team-high 21 goals and added 9 assists while starting all 15 games as a freshman.

Erika J. September 28, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Stay strong, Peter!
Steve Fox September 28, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Thoughts and prayers to Peter and the entire Leighton famuily. We are here for you Mike.
Jennifer Martins September 28, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Mike. The Martins Family
linda September 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM
to the leighton family.... you are in our prays. peter stay strong!!!! the adams family
Ashley September 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Stay strong Petey, you an do this. RIP Michael
Sean Lambert September 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM
To Mike's family...Your son always made my kids laugh and smile whenever we got together. He really made a difference in our lives. To Peter and his family...we love ya and are thinking of you during this time. The Lamberts

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