Seth Lemon and Thomas Kienzler
Family and friends try to cope with their loss as they react to the death of to Hartford teens in a car crash.
Two teens were killed and another person was injured in a fiery one-car crash in Hartford just after midnight on Thursday.
The driver, an 18-year-old man, and a 15-year old girl who was in the front seat were killed, according to police.
Officials did not release the names of the victims, but family members identified them as 18-year-old Connell Chambers of Hartford and 15-year-old Rubbie Laguerre.
Laguerre was a student at Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College. The school released a statement Thursday.
"We just welcomed her to our school community yesterday. We have offered our support to students and teachers who have been impacted by this sad news and we will continue to offer support and counsel to anyone who needs it tomorrow. At this time, we do not know any facts surrounding the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends, as well as the other student,” the school said in a statement.
Investigators said they are waiting on dental records or DNA confirmation to officially release the names.
The 17-year-old boy who was a passenger in the back seat is expected to survive.
Investigators said the car hit a vacant brick building at Albany Avenue and Main Street and burst into flames.
Witnesses told police the silver Infiniti sedan had been speeding down Main Street and lost control before the crash. Moments later, the vehicle burst into flames.
The two teens who died were in the front seats, police said.
Whether the teen who survived was able to free himself from the wreckage before the car fire, or whether witnesses pulled him from the car is not known, according to police.
He was transported to St. Francis Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
Connecticut Light & Power responded and turned off power to the box near the crash scene.