Community Mourns Teens Killed in Crash

Three of the four teens killed in the Griswold car crash were laid to rest on Saturday and services for the fourth victim will be held on Tuesday.

Sativa Cornell, 16, and Dillon Clifford, 16, were remembered during a joint funeral service in Griswold.

At the same time, loved ones also said goodbye to John Clapper, 16, at All Hallows Church.

The three were laid to rest just four days after their car crashed on Route 201.

Steven Szklarz, 15, was also killed. He will be remembered at a service on Tuesday at Leffler Funeral Home in Jewett City. It will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The lone survivor, Joel Gallup, 16, remains in the hospital. His father said he has several broken bones, but seems to be stabilizing.

Since the tragedy, the community has come together to raise funds for the victim’s families.

On Friday, a fill-the-boot drive raised nearly $55,000. In neighboring Lisbon, a cut-a-thon was held at the Hair Cuttery and raised $1,783.

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

The stylists at the Hair Cuttery wore green Griswold T-shirts to show their support. On Sunday evening, 100 percent of the proceeds of all haircuts went toward all five families and they exceeded their goal 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.

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