Residents in Rutland are still mourning the loss of a teen who's life was cut short last week in a car accident.
Police say the driver who hit 17 year old Carly Ferro was impaired -- just the latest tragic incident tied to substance abuse in the city.
Monday evening at 7 p.m. members of the Rutland United Neighborhoods, the police department, and Rutland Mental Health will be on hand at the Northwest School to help those with questions get some answers, and those who are grieving to find some solace and comfort.
Last week the high school offered counseling to classmates of Carly Ferro. City officials say the pain and loss of a promising life cut short has been felt city wide and they wanted to offer the same counseling to those not enrolled at Rutland High.
Many people on Cleveland Avenue witnessed the gruesome crash as it happened Wednesday night and rushed to Ferro's aid. Officials want to make sure those people have access to help they may need. "People are upset about the fact that it happened here in the city and especially that it was such a ridiculous thing to have happened. It could have so easily have been prevented. And so now where do we go? And that's part of the goal of the meeting tonight -- to figure out where do we go from here," said Lynne Walsh with Rutland United Neighborhoods.
According to the police department's facebook page this is not a community meeting about crime or drugs, as are held on a regular basis by the department and Rutland United Neighborhoods. Monday night's meeting is about providing professional help. A meeting to discuss enforcement will be scheduled in the near future.
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