As two communities grappled with the loss of teenagers in a weekend car crash, police worked on Tuesday to figure out what caused a van carrying five teens to veer off a road and hit a tree in South Windsor over the weekend.
No charges had been filed as of Tuesday, South Windsor Chief Matthew Reed said.
Brooke Wormstedt, a 15-year-old sophomore at East Windsor High School, and Matthew Masse, an 18-year-old senior from Vernon, were killed when the SUV they were riding in slammed into a tree along Abbe Road in South Windsor on Saturday night.
Three others in the 2003 Ford Expedition were injured: the driver, 19-year-old Sara S. Ballard of South Windsor, and passengers Christine E. Huppe, 17, of South Windsor, and Megan E. Barnaby, 16, of East Windsor.
Investigators have to conduct interviews and serve search warrants -- including one that would grant permission to search the SUV, Reed said.
Barnaby was listed as being in good condition at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford on Tuesday, spokeswoman Kelly Coffey said. She was the only teenager at that hospital, she said.
It's not clear where the other two teens were taken. Police previously said all three had been taken to hospitals after the crash with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Meanwhile, school officials in East Windsor and Vernon attempted to offer some comfort to the teens' friends and classmates.
Grief counselors were assigned to high schools in both communities Tuesday morning. Counselors were also available at the middle and elementary schools in East Windsor because Wormstedt had relatives there, East Windsor Superintendent Theresa M. Kane said.
"It's just such a tragedy," Kane said Tuesday morning. "It is so very quiet at the high school today, and the students are doing as well as can be expected. There are students that are taking advantage of the counseling being offered at all three schools. At this point students and staff are dealing with all the grief as best they can."
Masse, although not currently enrolled at Rockville High School, had attended the school in the past and had spent his whole life in Vernon, said Patricia Buell, director of pupil personnel.
"He had plenty of friends and was still connected to many students at Rockville High School," Buell said.
She said several students spoke with the staff early in the morning Tuesday, and counselors would remain available throughout the day.
"They'll be on call as long as they need to be," Buell said. "There's sadness, but I think that the students are doing well."
Friends have been adding reminiscences to memorial pages created on Facebook soon after the crash Saturday night, and others have delivered stuffed bears, flowers, balloons and posters to a growing makeshift memorial at the Abbe Road scene.
East Windsor High School's daily bulletin for Wednesday, posted to its website, began with a quote from French Renaissance writer Michel de Montaigne: "Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul."
Wormstedt is listed on the school's third quarter honor roll.
Masse was enrolled at a school outside Rockville and scheduled to graduate in three weeks, Buell said.
Services for Masse will be private, according to the Carmon Community Funeral Homes. But public calling hours are scheduled for Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home in Vernon.
Service information for Wormstedt was not available Tuesday.
Courant staff writers Don Stacom and Suzanne Carlson contributed to this story.
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