Harwinton, Conn. (WTNH) - Two teens killed Thursday night in Harwinton are beingremembered Friday afternoon as a third teen lies in a hospital bedwith injuries.
The three were involved in a head-on crash last night on SouthRoad, a narrow, winding country road with no painted linesseparating the north and southbound lanes.
Police identified the teens as CharlesBuonocore, 18, of Harwinton, and Mellissa Andrew, 17, ofAvon.
The two cars crashed just before 8:30 p.m. According to police,Buonocore was the driver of one of the cars, and Andrew was hispassenger. He died at the scene, and she died while being flown tothe hospital.
The other driver, identified as JohnKelley, 17, of Harwinton, was flown by LifeStar helicopter toHartford Hospital. He has since been released from thehospital.
Police are still investigating how the crash occurred, but itappears Buonocore's car, which was going south, crossed into thenorthbound lane and struck Kelley's car.
Lewis Mills School in Burlington, where Buonocore and Kelleyattended, will be open today and grief counselors will be availablefor family and friends of those involved.
"He just graduated in June," said Pam Lazaroski, principal atLewis S. Mills High School. "A nice young man. He comes from agreat family here in Harwinton and I was shocked [Thursday] nightto get the news."
Lewis S. Mills is a school with a tragic history of caraccidents.
- In April 2008, a 15-year-old student was hit by a car on Route 8 in Torrington.
- In August 2007, a 17-year-old student was among four teens killed in a crash in Bristol.
- In July 2006, an 18-year-old graduate died in a one car crash on Route 179 in Burlington.
School officials say the list keeps going, so, unfortunately,they know what to do when a student, or recent student, dies on theroad.
"The crisis team has met and we have counselors here in thebuilding this morning if there are students who would like to availthemselves of their services," Lazaroski said.
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