Teen's death stuns Region 12 Cody Montana dies as result of auto accident
Cody Montana dies as result of auto accident
The mood was still "somber" this week at Shepaug Valley High School in Washington as students and staff coped with the death of Roxbury resident Cody Montana, a 16-year-old junior, said Superintendent of Schools Bruce Storm on Wednesday.
The Roxbury teen was killed and three teens were injured, one critically, in an Oct. 22 one-car accident on Route 47 in Washington.
"I think the majority of students are moving on," Dr. Storm said Wednesday, "but there are a few students and staff members who are taking it harder. We have ongoing access to clergy and a wall of remembrance is still up by the guidance office, with sheet of paper where students are writing their thoughts to the Montana family..."
"We are taking things slowly," said the Region 12 superintendent, "in attention to those students still feeling sadness."
Three other 16-year-olds, all Shepaug students -- Christian James of Davenport Ridge Road and Donald Mackay of Garnett Road in Roxbury, and Spencer Fappiano of Christian Street in Washington -- were hospitalized that day following the accident. All three boys had been discharged from hospital care by Tuesday.
State police said the accident occurred at 12:27 p.m. on Route 47, also known as Bee Brook Road. Mr. Montana was northbound at "a high rate of speed" when he lost control of the 1994 Nissan Maxima. The car crossed over the southbound shoulder, struck a rock ledge and overturned, police said.
Mr. Montana, a member of the school's swim and golf teams, was taken by Roxbury Ambulance to New Milford Hospital.
"EMS and emergency room personnel made a valiant effort so save him, but he died as LifeStar was getting ready to take him to Hartford," ambulance corps Chief Bernie Meehan of Roxbury told The News-Times and Spectrum.
"He was a very nice kid with a lot of friends in town," said Chief Meehan.
The boy's father, Mark, is a member of the town's fire department and ambulance corps.
A "non-stop stream of friends, neighbors and students" visited Mr. Montana's family following the tragedy, Chief Meehan said.
Roxbury Congregational Church was open last Saturday evening, Oct. 24, for all students and friends of the four teens to gather.
The Montana family held a memorial service at Steep Rock Park on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25.