Melissa Odelius along with one of her sons died in a crash in the Terryville section of Plymouth. (WFSB/Premier Property)
TERRYVILLE, CT (WFSB) -
Police identified the mother and one of her young sons who died in a crash in the Terryville section of Plymouth on Monday.
The double fatal motor vehicle crash was reported on South Main Street just before 9 p.m.
Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with a neighbor, who was first on the scene.
"My first instinct was to get to the scene,” said Christine Alfieri, who heard a loud screeching noise.
Alfieri said she ran to the scene and did not expect to find a car slammed into a house. Upon arrival, she found 29-year-old Melissa Odelius and her two children, 5-year-old George and 3-year-old Thomas, inside the vehicle.
Alfieri said she quickly realized that Melissa Odelius was dead and while one of her sons awakened, the other remained unconscious.
“He was calling out for his mother and I just asked the gentleman that lived at the scene to please just keep him with his back turned,” she said.
While another neighbor called 911, Alfieri, a former firefighter, said she tried to comfort the little boy. She said the child had no idea what was going on.
“Being so young, he was in trauma,” she said. “It was kind of hard for him to understand what was going on. He didn't realize he was in an accident at all."
Police said that George Odelius was rushed to Hartford Hospital by LIFE STAR medical helicopter where he died a short time later. Thomas Odelius was taken to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford where police said he was “listed in serious and stable condition.”
The CT State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit along with the Plymouth Police Department are investigating the crash.
Investigators said the vehicle hit a fence and a nearby tree and the impact pushed the car into the side of a house, veering to the left, hitting a parked car before landing in a wooded area.
Melissa Odelius, of Terryville was a property manager with Premier Properties.
"She worked here a short time, but worked very hard and was devoted to her job and her children," David Karat, who is the owner of Premier Property Management, told Eyewitness News.
Alfieri said her heart goes out to the family, one that will no doubt have to pull together for the sole survivor of the crash.
“It's just very heartbreaking,” she said. “You think of your own children. I know everyone at the scene was thinking of their own."
Kathy Card, and other neighbors, helped the family last night and said the area can be dangerous.
"In the nine years we've been here this is the third time the fence has been taken down," Card said. "My prayers go out to the family. I don't know them but I'm with them."
Police haven't said if speed was a factor. They are looking into what may have caused the crash.
The family dealt with another loss two years ago when Melissa Odelius' cousin Grayson Minney lost his life in a crash in Hebron. Minney was the lead singer in the band called "Columbia Fields."
Eyewitness News learned that the 3-year-old boy who survived the crash is recovering with his grandmother.
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