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STORRS-- A community is in mourning after a college student, 20-year-old Nathan Patrick Sterling, died after veering off the road and hitting two trees.

Next month, October, would have been Nathan's 21st birthday, but instead of this being a happy time for friends and family this is now a time of grief.

On Peter Green Rd. near Tolland Stage Road, you can still see remnants of the car Nathan was driving. Sterling was not wearing his seat-belt at the time of the collision, police said.

Police said Nathan was traveling south on Peter Green Rd. Wednesday night when suddenly he veered off on the right side of the road crashing into two trees killing

Nathan just transferred to UCONN this semester from Manchester Community College.

UConn said in a statement :

Nathan had transferred this year to UConn as an economics major after graduating last spring from Manchester Community College.

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

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. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are affected by this very sad loss.

Manchester Community College said in a statement:

“We are deeply saddened to hear about Nathan's passing and the college community extends its sympathies to his family in this time of loss.”

Students said they are still learning about the crash.

Nicole Pizarro said, “I was actually pretty shocked, because I don’t hear too much about what’s going on around here, so that was actually pretty shocking to me, and disturbing.”

Nathan's crash is still under investigation, but students driving to and from campus said the trip can be dangerous.

Marcus Grumley said, “I was pretty shocked, well not actually pretty shocked because the roads he was driving on was the same roads I have to drive on every night and they are pretty curvy, pretty treacherous and pretty poorly lit.”

Students said after hearing about Nathan's incident they will be doing everything to keep safe.

Grumley said, “Try to drive with my high beams when cars are not coming and just pay extra attention to the road.”

"I don’t know what’s going to happen, like if my friends leave I always tell them to text me when they get home because I am always concerned, but its like we need lights out here," said Pizzaro.

UConn said in a statement :

Nathan had transferred this year to UConn as an economics major after graduating last spring from Manchester Community College.

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

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. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and all who are affected by this very sad loss.

Manchester Community College said in a statement:

“We are deeply saddened to hear about Nathan's passing and the college community extends its sympathies to his family in this time of loss.”

The crash is under investigation.

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