Three Local Teens Sent to Hospital After Car Crashes into Lovely Street Pole [Updated 11:20 a.m. Friday]

Canton teen Gary Wright among those injured.

Update, 11:20 a.m. Friday

In case you missed them, you can read Thursday's follow and the most recent Friday article by clicking on the links provided.

Update 2:59 p.m. Thursday

When the car Canton resident Gary Wright, 16, was driving Wednesday night hit a Lovely Street telephone pole, the car split in half due to the impact, according to Avon Police Sgt. David Gannon.

Wright and Avon resident Michael Follert, 19, were rushed via Life Star to Hartord Hospital to be treated for critical injuries.The other passenger, Frank O'Connor, 18, was transported to the hospital via ambulance to be treated for non-critical injuries.

Both passengers graduated from Avon High School last year, according to office staff.

Prior to that, there were 10 accidents on Lovely Street between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012, none of which resulted in injuries, according to police records.

One hundred CL&P customers lost power when the small car struck the pole, which has since been restored.

Update 1:40 p.m. Thursday  

Avon Police have identified the three teens injured in a Lovely Street accident Wednesday night. 

Gary Wright, 16, of Canton was driving the car that crashed into a pole in the 190 block of Lovely Street at 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, police said. 

Also in the car were Avon residents Frank O’Connor, 18, and Michael Follert, 19, police said. Both are 2012 Avon High School graduates. 

Two of the teens, Wright and Follert, were airlifted from the scene by Life Star. 

Wright is a junior, officials said. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to him for a speedy recovery and to his friends and family," Canton Superintendent Kevin Case said. 

Case said he learned that Wright was injured early Thursday morning and the school district put its crisis team into place to offer counseling and support for staff and students. 

Upon hearing the news, about six of Wright's friends left school to go to the hospital, Case said. 

Update, Jan. 24, 2:55 a.m.

Three area teenagers were seriously injured when the car they were in collided with a telephone pole late Wednesday evening.

Avon police and the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Squad are still investigating the one-car accident that occurred in the 190 block of Lovely Street at 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Police Capt. Jeffrey Blatter said in a press release.

Lovely Street was still closed as of 2:23 a.m. Thursday between Helena Road and Blueberry Lane, but police said that the state road will likely reopen by rush hour.

Police have not released the names of the individuals in the car, ages 16 to 19, at this time. The families will be notified first and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

The 16-year-old driver and a passenger were airlifted via Life Star to Hartford Hospital to be treated for critical injuries, police said. An ambulance took the other passenger, who sustained non-critical injuries, there as well.

When the car collided with the telephone pole, 100 people lost power, police said. As of 2:23 a.m., Connecticut Light & Power had restored electricity to all homes but one.

Original Story

Three people were transported to area hospitals after a small car crashed into a pole on Lovely Street late Wednesday night. 

Two people in the car were transported via Life Star and a third by ambulance, said Chris Kunzelmann, assistant chief for the Avon Volunteer Fire Department. 

Their names and conditions were not immediately available.

Avon volunteer firefighters extricated two people from the car. 

The vehicle was substantially damaged and as of 12:22 a.m. Thursday, Lovely Street between Helena Road and Blueberry Lane remained closed as Avon Police continued to investigate the scene. 

In addition to personnel from the Avon police and volunteer fire departments, members of the Tunxis Hose Volunteer Fire Company from Unionville assisted at the scene. 

Connecticut Light and Power was asked to cut power in the area, affecting approximately 700 customers, officials said. At 12:28 a.m., that power was expected to be restored shortly. 

A neighbor brought coffee and hamburgers to the accident scene just after midnight for emergency personnel out in the cold.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Ali C January 24, 2013 at 04:31 AM
We live off of blueberry, power went out and then immediately heard/saw helicopter. We cannot complain about having no power when we are safe at home and someone out there is hurting.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 06:03 AM
Thanks for sharing that information, Ali. For anyone who doesn't have power, I was told about a half an hour ago that it would be restored shortly. No word yet on the condition of the three people in the accident or their identities. I will update you when that information becomes available. Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
Sonse G. January 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM
It is very sad that this has happened. I work on Country Club Road and i would say 2 out of 3 nights I work there are cars doing speeds way over the limit. Lovely is a dark street with bad lighting if not familiar with the area. My prayers with the families.
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 24, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Very sad. Jessie, thanks for staying up late to report on this tragic story. What a nice person to bring hot coffee to the responders! Keep us updated - praying the teens recover.
Kelly January 24, 2013 at 06:54 PM
If anyone knows them please tell them the woman who stayed with them has been praying for a fast recovery!
Kelly January 24, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Please do! This was at my house, I stayed with them till the medics got here. Very sad scene!
Kaitlyn January 24, 2013 at 07:31 PM
This imformation is not correct and it's illegal to post names of minors so I would take this down
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Everyone, I just posted an update on the accident, so you can get the latest information on that version. http://patch.com/A-1wtx
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Kelly, that was very nice of you and I'm sure the teens and their families appreciate what you did to help them. Could you shoot me an email or call me? I'd like to get a quote or two from you if that's okay. Jessie.Sawyer@patch.com or (860) 356-6339
Wyatt January 24, 2013 at 09:09 PM
@Kaitlyn. My understanding is that publishing a minor's name is perfectly legal.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Kaitlyn, If you send me an email with the information you believe is correct, I can review it and run a correction if we got something wrong. The names of the people in the accident were released by the Avon Police Department to all area media outlets.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Kaitlyn, Here's my email if you need to reach me: Jessie.Sawyer@patch.com. Jessie
POODETWA January 25, 2013 at 12:44 AM
POODETWA January 25, 2013 at 12:50 AM
this is sadb... === but no sadder than a kid story from htfd, nb== there is a full moon over avon
POODETWA January 25, 2013 at 12:52 AM
18 and 19 is not a minor... these people (men) are adults! if they enticed a minor for whatever, they would be adults!
Ronnie January 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Very sad story. My heart goes out to everyone involved, but is it only me? I don't think anyone 16 years old should be driving a car with a group of teenagers late at night on a dark road. Time and time again it's a recipe for disaster. I didn't even think 16 was old enough to drive around here. I have heard stories like this going back 30 years now. See this article, which states that teens driving with 3 or more of their peers in the car have four times the risk of having a car crash, especially if it's late at night. These kids will hopefully be lucky enough to escape with their lives, but when will their parents ever learn not to let them do this?? I don't think kids should be allowed to drive in groups at night like this by law. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865564711/Teen-drivers-with-three-or-more-peer-passengers-have-quadruple-the-risk-for-crashes.html?pg=all
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Spoke to the DMV this morning. Here's an update. http://patch.com/A-1xzK
POODETWA January 25, 2013 at 10:57 PM
the other 2 are adults 18 and 19--- why would they hang out w/a 16 yr. old? had the 3 been partying?
Kelly G. January 26, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Im so sick of people blaming the parents. Its not like they said "heres the keys go out for a night drive." No matter how good one tries to raise their kids, teenagers till do stuoid things, esp when around other teenagers. You tell me no one has ever taken their parents car for a joyride, or snuck out...people were doing that in the 50's! tragic situation
Resident of Forest Lane January 26, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Ronnie- bot are you right on here.
POODETWA January 26, 2013 at 06:58 AM
Ronnie January 26, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I don't know about you, but I don't let my kids anywhere near my car keys. And hopefully I've raised them to know better than to do something like this anyway.
POODETWA January 28, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Donna Carney February 01, 2013 at 07:00 PM
my name is Donna and we know the driver very well my daughter babysat for him for years and yes he is 16 and is very bad still in icu. Please for the love of God don't blame his mother she is such a great person and didn't do anything wrong at all and is praying for her sons life. Kids do dumb things because they don't always think first we have all done crazy things not like this but who are we to judge??? As far as we know the other two kids are ok as well as ok can be thank God...please pray for Gary to wake up and be ok that is all we wish for cars can be replaced people can't....thanks for your time and consideration


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