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Friends React to Agawam Teen’s Death in Car Crash

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Agawam High students returned to class Monday for the first time since sophomore Amanda Croisetiere was killed in a vicious car crash Friday night.

Amanda’s best friend Diana Huynh heard about the accident via text message on Saturday.

“As soon as I saw it I didn’t believe it, I was like ‘woahh’ so I checked her Facebook automatically. I saw everyone posting ‘RIP RIP,’ Diana said. “Out of all people you wouldn’t expect your best friend to die.”

Diana and about 40 of her classmates sought the help of grief and crisis experts at school Monday.

“Everyone was sad, a lot of people went to counseling. I went to counseling, I just broke down crying,” Diana said.

The details on the crash are still unclear, but police believe the car was speeding north on Morton Street away from Route 20 when it lost control trying to navigate a sharp curve.

The car crashed into a pole, knocking live wires down on the ground.

Amanda was trapped in the car. Four other people, ages 16 to 23, were also in the car, but none of them suffered life-threatening injuries.

Diana says between going to church, a love for snacking, and talking at sleepovers, she’ll never forget her loyal friend.

“She was shy but she was really funny, she loved to like play, have fun, do anything,” she said.

It’s not clear how the five people in the car knew each other. Police say they are still investigating whether or not alcohol was a factor.

No charges have been filed.

This is the second tragedy at Agawam High School in as many years. Last November, the same grief counselors were brought in when a student committed suicide.

Calling hours for Amanda will be Wednesday morning from 9:15 to 11:00 at the Ludlow Funeral Home, with a funeral Mass to follow at 12 noon at the Catholic Community of Elizabeth in St. John the Baptist Church on Hubbard Street in Ludlow.

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  • mynameischris

    Ken lynch, before go off and make a comment why don’t you find out more details first. “This is why the age should go up”. The article didn’t say who was driving. It could have been the 23 yr old or an 18 yr old. Do u want to ban guns too? Do you want to ban soft drinks over 20 oz? There is a reaction to make snap judgments in every situation. If it was the 23 yr old do you want to raise the driving age to 25? You don’t need to change a law based in the consequences of a few. Seriously!

  • Rebecca J Gilman

    Thanks Chris.I am Amandas’ mother.. can assure you my daughter. did not drive.she was in the back seat and the driver was drunk and 23 yr old man.i don’t know why she and her friend were with the 23 yr old man and his 22 yr old female cousin.apparently her friend knew them and were supposed to be at a sleepover.Amanda always wore her seat belt and was told continuously to call me for a ride if anyone was ever drinking behind the wheel.But its not always the ‘cool’thing to do.My point is no matter how much you install all of this into your child, they are going to make that choice at that split second that determines their destiny.I just pray that it helps kids realize they are not invinceable and hopes it helps them to make the right choice if they are ever in this situation. There is still a long trial going on but the man is still in jail awaiting his sentence. Justice is all i have. God bless<3