Community Mourns Conn. Teens Killed in Crash

Sunday, Dec 12, 2010  |  Updated 5:02 PM EDT
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Community Mourns Conn. Teens Killed in Crash

Three eastern Connecticut teenagers killed in a car crash have been laid to rest, and funeral services have been set for a fourth.

A fifth teenager remained hospitalized Sunday with serious injuries.

The teens, all students at Griswold High School, were in a car that struck a tree Tuesday in their hometown. The crash remains under investigation.

Funeral services were held Saturday for Sativa Cornell, Dillon Clifford and John Clapper. They were each 16 years old. Services are scheduled Tuesday for 15-year-old Steven Szklarz.

The lone survivor, 16-year-old Joel Gallup, remained hospitalized in a medically induced coma at Yale-New Haven Hospital. His father says he has many broken bones, but seems to be stabilizing.

Since the tragedy, the community has come together in a big way. On Friday, a fill-the-boot drive raised nearly $55,000. In neighboring Lisbon, a cut-a-thon will be held at the Hair Cuttery.

"A lot of people have said I'm gonna come back, I'm gonna bring my kids you know. I'm gonna donate anyway and wait one more day to get my haircut,” said Danielle White.


The stylists at the Hair Cuttery are wearing green Griswold tee-shirts to show their support. On Sunday evening 100 percent of the proceeds of all haircuts will go towards all five families. The goal is to raise $1,000.
 
“We all take it really close to heart because if anything happened to our families we'd be devastated so in turn we are trying to give to others because they are devastated, it was a really big loss for them,” said White.
 
The cut-a-thon will take place from 5-8pm at the Hair Cuttery in Lisbon.

 
 

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