High school student killed in crash

HEBRON, Conn. (WTNH) –A popular high school senior at Rham High School was killed Wednesday morning in a crash.

Police say 18-year-old Garret Campen was on his way to school when he hit slick wet roads and his car hit a tree.

Unfortunately that school and that class know grief all too well.

“They made an announcement to teachers to check e-mails, and when my teacher checked his e-mail, he told us what had happened and kids who knew him were devastated by the whole thing,” said Michael Kasper, Junior, RHAM High School.

Many students as soon as they heard the news, left school and brought flowers, a soccer jersey, and an American flag to lay at the foot of the scarred tree where 18-year-old Garett Campen lost his life.


Garett Campen

His car tells the story of the horrific impact, the collision that killed the high school senior almost immediately.

“My daughter said it was silent. Everyone was in shock and I had to pick her up at school because she was so upset,” said Diane Kasper, a mother.

“You just walk out after you heard the news. It was so, so sad. Everyone hugging each other and turning to each other for support,” said Michael Kasper.

Police say right now the accident is under investigation, and that they’re looking at all the factors, from road conditions, vehicle speed, they will look at it all.

The car skidded off the road at this curve and was wedged between two trees. Bystanders tried to do CPR on him, and those trees made it difficult.

“He was a great kid, he was friends with everybody. She’s so upset, very upset, as is everybody else,” said Diane Kasper.

The school is planning a vigil for Garett Campen and will have grief counselors on hand Thursday for students as they return to class. Parents will also be talking to their teens, trying to ease their pain.

“It’s horrible. I feel bad for the students and for the parents, and what they’ve had to go through. My heart goes out to them all,” said Diane Kasper.

Garrett Campen is the fourth student at that school to die in just one year.

Incoming senior Paige Houston was a passenger in the car that crashed in Hebron back in August. The 17-year-old wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car and killed.

Police say the teen driver had been drinking at a party in the area. The man who owns the property where that party took place, as well as the driver face charges in connection to the crash.

Roadside memorial for Paige Houston, killed in a crash in Hebron on August 6, 2013.
Roadside memorial for Paige Houston, killed in a crash in Hebron on August 6, 2013.

In June, 15-year-old Amanda Monington died after a 20-foot fall at Enders State Park. And in October, 16-year-old John Georgiades died after a battle with brain cancer.

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