Investigation continues into fatal accident in Litchfield; community tries to cope

A bouquet of flowers was left at the crash site of the June 9 accident that claimed the lives of two Torrington High School students.

LITCHFIELD — Police are continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday’s fatal crash that took the lives of two Litchfield High School students.

Torrington police Detective Kevin Tieman asked news reporters and television outlets in an email Wednesday to be patient about seeking information about the accident in which Matthew Rousseau and Thomas Graveline, both 16, died.

“There will be no further information released at this time,” Tieman said.

The other three youths in the car were Camilla Seymour, 14, Anthony Caselas, 16, and Dylan Brocar, 16. They were taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for treatment. According to Tieman, Brocar had surgery Tuesday night, and Caselas has been released.

Torrington police are handling the investigation because the 911 call came from a home on Rossi Road, over the city line, but close to Town Farm Road, where the crash happened.

A candlelight vigil for the boys was held Tuesday night, bringing more than 400 students and families to mourn their loss together on the Plumb Hill Fields next to the intermediate school. Funeral arrangements for the two young men, who were both juniors at Litchfield High School, have not yet been announced.

During Tuesday’s vigil, Msgr. Robert Tucker, who has led St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Litchfield for many years, encouraged everyone to talk about their feelings and to remember their friends. He also asked the students to send notes of condolence to the teens’ parents, and to remember Rousseau and Graveline to “keep their spirit alive.”

Tucker has met with family members, and he has gotten phone calls from others, asking if he has time to meet with them.

“After I left the vigil I went to see the Graveline family,” he said. “I told them to do three things: cry a lot, be loving, and don’t listen to what everyone says.

“People will do their best, and they’ll say things they shouldn’t,” he said. “I told the family, just let it be. In a thousand days, they might be better, but for the next six months it’s going to be just awful. I told them to cry, get it out, and talk.

“You’ve got to talk, laugh and share wonderful thoughts,” Tucker said.

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