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December 9, 2011

Community grieves loss of teen

Counseling offered after car crash claims life, injures two

MOIRA — Grief-stricken students, faculty and staff turned to counselors and each other Thursday to cope with the death of Brushton-Moira Central School athlete Brooke Lyon.

The 16-year-old died in a one-car crash near the intersection of McGowan and Eddy roads at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, when the car she was riding in went off the highway and struck a tree.

She, a junior, was the daughter of Curt and Tanya Lyon of Moira and had two brothers, Zachary Lyon and Derek LaVoie.

The driver, Tanya A. Menke, 16, and a second passenger, Alexis M. Collette, 17, both of Brushton, were rushed to Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, then transferred to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

Menke was listed in fair condition Thursday, and Collette was in critical condition, according to officials there, who use the terms good, fair, serious or critical to describe a patient's status.


State Police said Menke was on McGowen Road and attempted to turn onto Eddy Road when she lost control of the 1999 Volkswagon Beetle she was driving, which went down a small embankment and struck a tree.

Investigators said the weather and fog may have been a factor in the crash.

Franklin County Coroner Brian Langdon expected to have official autopsy results from pathologist Dr. Leonard Dishman later Thursday but said Lyon's death would likely be ruled accidental and "caused by blunt-force trauma consistent with motor-vehicle-accident impact."

Brushton-Moira District Superintendent Beverly Ouderkirk said the school's calling tree was activated Wednesday night to begin the effort to have counselors and clergy members available Thursday for the students, teachers and support staff impacted by the tragedy.

The district paid special attention to the student athletes and others who shared extra-curricular activities with the three young women and made the music department and gymnasium available for them to gather and express themselves.

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