Police said carbon monoxide poisoning killed the couple whose bodies were found in a running car in Lebanon yesterday, and friends are calling the accident "absolutely unbelievable."
Brittany Holland, 25, of Hebron, and Casey Senechal, 26, of Lebanon, were found in their car at the intersection of Smith Road and Route 207 just before 9 a.m. Monday, state police said.
A passerby called 911 after discovering the car with its engine on and noticing two people inside who appeared to be in distress, according to police.
Friends said there may have been an exhaust problem with the car, but state police haven't specified what caused carbon monoxide to enter the vehicle.
The two were pronounced dead at the scene. Their deaths have been ruled accidental, and friends of the victims are still trying to wrap their minds around what happened.
"The entire town is heartbroken" said Charlene Couchon, who said she and Holland became instant friends when Couchon moved to Hebron several years ago. "Everybody loved her. Everybody knew her. She was a shining star."
Couchon said the two had planned a trip to the Bahamas together.
"Eight days and I still have to go without her," she said. "It's going to be a very bittersweet situation. I'm going to be extremely depressed and going to try to have as much fun as I can because we had so much planned for that trip."
Couchon said Holland and Senechal had just started dating.