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17-year-old dies in Farmington crash, 21-year-old seriously injured

HARTFORD, Conn. (WFSB) – A 17-year-old died, and a 21-year-old was seriously injured following a two-car accident on Fienemmann Road in Farmington.

Police were called to the intersection of Colt Highway and Fienemann Road in Farmington around 8:37 Saturday night.

A 21-year-old and a 17-year-old were transported to local hospitals for their serious injuries.

Police identified the drivers as 17-year-old Luke Roux from Farmington, and 21-year-old Jacob Coffey.

Roux, who had recently graduated from Farmington High School and was set to go to UConn in the fall, later succumbed to his injuries at John Dempsey Hospital.

The North Central Accident Reconstruction team is investigating this crash.

Farmington Public Schools sent a letter to the Farmington Public School Community:

Dear Farmington Families, Faculty and Staff,

We are writing this letter with overwhelming grief as we sadly share that a beloved Farmington High School (FHS) Class of 2022 graduate, Luke Matthew Roux, tragically passed away on Saturday evening. Luke, a proud and distinguished member of the Class of 2022, recently participated in our FHS graduation with his loving and devoted family by his side. Luke was accepted and scheduled to attend the University of Connecticut in the fall of 2022. We hold Luke’s loving parents, Carri and Stephen and siblings, Nathan and Edison, close to our hearts at this time of unimaginable loss and sorrow.

We will deeply miss Luke in countless and profound ways. His kind and gentle personality throughout school, his perseverance and work ethic on and off the baseball diamond and hockey rink and his outstanding academic achievements will be remembered by the Farmington Public Schools’ student body, faculty, staff and administration. Luke’s spirit of giving back to his community for a greater good and consistently stepping up as a leader, especially during challenging times, will remain with us. We cherish each memory and we feel honored to have known and been a part of Luke’s life over the past thirteen years. Our hearts are broken over the loss of such an extraordinary, kind and beloved young man.

Close connections are an integral part of the Farmington school district and community. Therefore, the tragic loss of one of our students has an immense effect on all of us. Luke formed many strong and lasting relationships and friendships with fellow students and adults throughout his K-12 education in Farmington. We are committed to supporting our students, families, faculty and staff during this challenging time. We will have counseling available at Farmington High School from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Please also feel free to call the following phone number for support (860) 351-7419. We will extend counseling days/hours as needed as we proceed through the difficult coming days.

Please see the attached information related to resources for families below. Again, please use the phone number and counseling services provided if your child is in need of support due to the impact of the sudden passing of such a dear friend and classmate.

We join together as a close and connected community to lovingly remember Luke and to support his parents, family, and friends now and in the challenging coming days, weeks and months. Please join us in sending our heartfelt prayers and wishes for peace and comfort to Luke’s family. We hold Luke in our hearts and we cherish memories of his unwavering care for others, commitment to excellence in all aspects of his life as well as his generous and beautiful spirit.

In that letter, she included a list of strategies to help your child deal with loss.

Strategies for Helping Your Child Deal With a Loss

Help your child realize that a loss has taken place.

Allow and encourage your child to feel the feelings, identify, and normalize them.

Help name the feelings your child is having regarding the loss.

Sadness and tears

· Anger

Guilt and blame

Loneliness

Fear

· Loss of control

Being overwhelmed

· Confusion

Anxiety

Encourage dialogue with other family members, but model calmness.

Encourage discussion of positive memories of the lost person.

· Respect fears and doubts.

· Incorporate use of family spiritual belief system to aid in coping.

Everyone experiences grief differently. Be prepared to show verbal, non-verbal, physical support for your child depending on their individual needs.

· Encourage children to talk and ask questions.

· Let your child know that nothing he/she did or thought had anything to do with the death.

· Give your child plenty of reassurance. The fear of abandonment can be very strong.

Accept some transitory behavior – changing in sleeping, eating, and relationships with others.

Ask your child to creatively express memories and feelings through poems, drawings, journal entries, and/or sharing memories verbally.

Establish and/or maintain routines and schedules as much as possible

She also included some online resources such as Kids Health, National Association of School Psychologists, and a .PDF guide about how to talk to teenagers about grief.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jason Hughes at (860) 675-2461, or HughesJ@Farmington-CT.org

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