Monday, 8 October 2007
02:32:50 PM (GMT)
MISS YOU ALL!!!!!! never forgotten & always in our hearts
In Loving Memory ...
*Anthony (Twan) Apruzzese*
* Thamara Correa*
WOLCOTT - A 17-year-old high school student crashed while speeding down Route 322
this morning, killing himself, his sister and her friend, police said.
The victims have been identified as Wolcott High School senior Anthony Apruzzese,
freshman Jessica Apruzzese, 15 and freshman Thamara Correa, 15.
The accident happened about 8:30 a.m. Wolcott High School was closed because of a
water main break and the students were heading to Anthony Apruzzese's home, said
Capt. Domenic Angiolillo.
The teens' were in a Subaru WRX heading north on East Street when it clipped the back
portion of a boat being towed by another vehicle, which was turning into a parking
lot at the Farmingbury Country Club. The Subaru skidded sideways and struck an
oncoming box truck, Angiolillo said.
Joe Critelli, who works at the pro shop at the country club golf course, said he
heard a loud bang around 8:15 a.m.
"Oh my God, I thought it was a bomb," he said.
Critelli then walked outside and saw a car and truck - both mangled - about 100 yards
from the shop, he said.
Angiolillo said about 150 teenagers stopped by the crash scene, lining up at the
police tape. Grief counseling was being offered at Wolcott's town hall.
"A lot of kids are obviously very upset," he said.
Police were not yet sure whether any of the teens' friends were in vehicles nearby
and witnessed the crash. The utility truck's driver had minor injuries.
Wolcott, which has slightly over 15,000 people, borders Waterbury and is about 30
miles southwest of Hartford. State Sen. Sam Caligiuri, whose district includes the
town, described it as a close-knit community.
"My heart is broken for these kids and for their families," he said. "It's one of
those places where everyone knows each other and families in many cases go back many
generations. I know this is going to hit the town of Wolcott very, very hard."
The teens were in a Subaru WRX, the same type of car involved in a fatal crash in
August in Bristol where four teens were killed. The high-performance car was totaled
on Route 6 in Bristol when it slid sideways into the oncoming lane and was hit
broadside by a Ford Taurus.
Police are still investigating but say that 18-year-old Sean Landry of Plymouth, the
Subaru's driver, was apparently speeding and lost control of his car. Landry was
driving friends home from a pool party in Watertown; killed were Myles Gosselin, 17,
of Burlington, and Alyssa Roy and Jordan Gagnon, both 16, of Farmington.