A Santa Monica teenager was killed in an automobile accident Friday, July 6th.

Richard Henry Dillon, 17, of Santa Monica reportedly died when he crashed his Honda Civic into a tree at the 14500 block of W. Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades.

An officer from the West Traffic Division of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) that investigated the crash, said that Dillon was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said they observed him driving at a high rate of speed before the accident.

“He was driving too fast for the conditions on the road,” an LAPD spokesman alleged.

The cause of death was blunt force trauma from injuries that the victim sustained in the accident.