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Community still reeling after deadly crash

GROTON, Vt. - A Vermont town is putting the pieces back together after the death of one of their own, Tyler Curtis.

Curtis, 17, was involved in a rollover crash early Sunday night that killed him and injured two others.

Superintendent of the Blue Mountain School District, Emilie Knisley, said they are doing everything they can to support their students. 

"We actually opened the school up last night from 4 to 6 for students to come in and see each other and then meet with local counselors if they needed it. Both counselors on staff here and counselors from the local mental health agencies and surrounding school districts, so they had that opportunity last night and the baseball team got together last night to process what happened and to remember Tyler," she said. 

This tragedy has taken a toll on many close friends of Curtis, like Madysen Harrington, who said it will take time to heal. Harrington,14, knew Curtis for four years and was soon going to attend school with him. She said she is heartbroken. 

"Everyone is very sad and just trying to grieve. He was a big part of a lot of peoples lives, so it's hard to think of him not being here, its almost like...it doesn't feel real," she said. 

Curtis was a three-sport star at Blue Mountain, a leader on the baseball team and he had a love for racing. 

He was not wearing a seatbelt when he died. 

This tragedy has opened the conversation for safe driving and the importance of wearing a seatbelt. 

Lieutenant John Flannigan of the Vermont State Police said that over half of the last year's fatalities were due to not wearing a seatbelt. 

He said you're not just risking your life but also someone else's. 

"The seatbelt is designed to keep you in this drivers seat. As a driver, if you lose control and you don't have a seatbelt, you come away from your seat or out of your seat, you now have lost control of your vehicle and now you're a danger to other vehicles," he said. 

Flannigan said that Vermont doesn't have a primary seatbelt law yet but hopes in the future, it will encourage more people to wear seatbelts and in turn save more lives. 

 


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