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Belchertown High School offers grief counseling following senior Nathan Curran’s death in one-car crash



Saturday, November 16, 2013
BELCHERTOWN — Grief counseling is being made available at the high school in the wake of the death last weekend of senior Nathan Curran, according to Superintendent Judith Houle.

Curran, 17, died of injuries suffered in a one-car accident on Harris Street in Granby shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and those students who knew him as a friend, and to the teachers who also feel his loss today,” Houle said.

Houle said she is awaiting guidance from the family before making any decisions on how to mark Curran’s death. She said she is in contact with Curran’s mother.

“Everybody deals with death in different ways so the family’s needs and wishes are our number one concern at the moment,” Houle said.

Curran came to Belchertown as a freshman from New Hampshire.

“I didn’t know him well, but I knew who he was and would say hello to him in the hallway,” said Houle, describing Curran as a quiet and gentle young man. “It’s a tragedy to have a young life come to an end at this age. It’s a very sad moment.”

According to police, Curran was traveling south when his car left the road and struck a tree. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Curran was alone in the vehicle.

The accident is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section. State Police spokesman Thomas Murphy said on Tuesday that a report, which could take up to two months to complete, will be submitted to the Granby Police Department.