Two teens die in fiery car crash in Brooklyn, victims identified


BROOKLYN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are investigating a fiery car crash in Brooklyn that left two teenage girls dead Monday.

The damaged guardrail along North Society Road and the charred trees beyond it may tell part of the story but so does a sign placed across from the crash site by friends of 17-year-old Brenna Larson, of North Grosvenordale, and 17-year-old Shawnna Wojnowski, of Plainfield. 

Two young lives lost and saddening many.

The sign reads: “Brenna & Shawnna 10-14-19 You can’t forget about someone who gave you so much to remember. We love you both so much. Fly High. “

State police say the Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School students were killed when the 2002 Ford F-150 they were riding in failed to negotiate a curve on the Brooklyn road. Police say the pickup then hit a guardrail and went into a ditch where it caught fire.

2002 Ford F-150 the teens were driving when it crashed in Brooklyn over the weekend.

“They didn’t even get to finish high school or you know make a life for themselves yet,” said Joseph Delcastillo of Killingly.

17-year-old Ashley Adamo, of Pomfret Center, was sent to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island with serious injuries which include burns.

Friends of Wojnowski and Larson placed the sign on North Society Road to honor the young women who touched their lives.

Those friends tell News 8 that Brenna was in Autobody and Collision repair and Shawna was in Automotive at Ellis Tech. They both loved trucks. Driving them and fixing them up.

In an email Ellis Tech principal Dr. Brian Mignault tells News 8 “The entire Ellis Tech Community is in mourning with the passing of Brenna and Shawnna.  They were wonderful students and even better people.  They will always be members of the Class of 2020.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends.”

Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona also released a statement regarding the tragic passing of two students that reads:

“As you may be aware, two Ellis Tech students died yesterday morning in a traffic accident. Our hearts go out to the students’ families, friends and the entire community of Ellis Tech and the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System during this difficult time.

“Prior to the beginning of the school day on 10/15, Ellis Tech assembled the school’s crisis team, which consists of school administration, counselors, social workers and a school psychologist. The crisis team will provide counseling support to students and anyone in the school community who may require it throughout the week with specific attention to the school’s trade areas of the two victims. Counseling support will continue to be available as long as necessary and Ellis Tech will seek additional counseling support from the State Department of Education and other tech schools if needed.”

“You know it is sad,” said Delcastillo. 

State police have not said who was behind the wheel during the crash.


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