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Pablo Salcedo killed Jan. 5 in Route 9 crash

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Police say a high school senior who died in a car crash in Westborough this month was texting at the time.

Eighteen-year-old Pablo Salcedo, a varsity soccer player at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough, was killed Jan. 5 when the minivan he was driving crashed on Route 9.

Police say Salcedo was driving west when he struck some sand-filled barrels, a barrier, and rolled onto its side in the eastbound lane where it hit another vehicle.

That driver was not hurt.

Police tell The Telegram & Gazette the investigation found that Salcedo “was distracted through the use of his cellphone to read and text messages.”

Police say there was no indication that he tried to brake, and they called it a “preventable accident.”

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