Albion community pulling together in the face of tragedy

June 18, 2019 11:54 PM

ALBION, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Just days before graduation, an Orleans County teenager is dead and three of his friends are in the hospital following a disastrous car accident.

The crash killed 17-year-old Brennan Moody early Tuesday morning. The senior was about to graduate from Albion High School. He was heavily involved in music, theater, and singing and played guitar and the trumpet in the marching band. 


The school community and family members are struggling with the brutal loss of Moody but they are trying to pull together in the face of tragedy as three of its students are still recovering. 

At a time synonymous with opportunity and stepping out into life, loved ones are suddenly forced to say their goodbyes. 

"He was a good boy. He's going to be missed, terribly, terribly," said Patricia Farone, the 17-year-old's grandmother. "He was one person you wanted to watch grow. He really was out there. He wasn't afraid to do anything."

According to police, Moody died at the scene on Eagle Harbor Road when the Impala he was riding in ran into a ditch and hit a utility pole.

"He was looking forward to life. He didn't do the drugs. He didn't drink. He did everything right and enjoyed it. He enjoyed life without all the bad stuff in it and he was having fun with it..." added Farone.

Three more teenagers in the car were taken to the hospital, one of them in grave condition. 

Troopers say conditions were clear and dry and speed may be a factor in the crash.

A statement from Albion Superintendent Michael Bonnewell says counselors and clergy are available for grieving students.

Bonnewell tells News10NBC he knew Moody personally and he was an extraordinary part of the school community, and that his death is the loss of a tremendous talent not just to the school, but to the rest of the world. 

Read below for Superintendent Michael Bonnewell's full statement on the district's website:

"I am heartbroken to report four of our seniors were in a car accident that took the life of Brennan Moody. Three others are at hospitals. Please keep them in your thoughts.

Be assured that counselors, staff and clergy will be at the high school for students and parents to drop in if needed. We also have staff available at our other buildings for all of our students.

Please click on the links below for information from our counseling department on what you can do to help your child cope in this difficult situation.  

Guidelines for assisting students with grief and sudden loss

How do children understand death?"

Monday was the last regular day of school for high school students. Albion's class of 2019 is set to graduate Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m.

Troopers say the investigation is ongoing. 


Charles Molineaux

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