Families, Friends Pay Final Respects to Teens Killed in Harwinton Crash - NBC Connecticut

Families, Friends Pay Final Respects to Teens Killed in Harwinton Crash



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    The families of two teens killed in a head-on crash in Harwinton on Thursday night are paying their final respects on Monday.

    Charles Buonocore, 18, of Harwinton, Melissa Andrew, 17, of Avon, were killed in a collision on Aug. 5.

    Buonocore was driving on South Road when he drove across the center lane and hit a pickup head-on just after 8 p.m., police said.

    Buonocore died at the scene. Andrew, who was also in the vehicle, died in the LifeStar helicopter on the way to the hospital, police said.

    Buonocore was a recent graduate of Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington and planned to join the Armed Services, according to his obituary.

    Andrew attended Avon High School, where she was an honor roll student and was passionate about cross-country running and received numerous varsity letters and a scholar/athlete award, according to her obituary.

    She would have been a senior in the fall.

    Calling hours were held on Sunday at the Phalen Funeral Home in Torrington. A mass will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Harwinton on Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. He will be buried at New St Francis Cemetery in Torrington. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut PO Box 1144 Torrington CT 06790. www.phalenfuneral.com

    Her family will receive friends on Monday, Aug. 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Rd., Avon.

    A mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m., at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Main St., Unionville. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Avon.

    Contributions, in memory of Mellissa, may be made to SEPTA (Special Ed PTA) at Avon High School. Please make checks out to SEPTA, c/o Denise Muller, 510 West Avon Rd., Avon, CT 06001. 

    John Kelly, 17, of Harwinton, was driving the pickup. After the crash, he ran up South Road, calling for help, the Republican-American reports, and an EMT who lives in the neighborhood made the half-mile drive to the crash scene,
    Police said he is expected to be OK.

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