Former Newtown athlete killed in car crash remembered as ‘gentle giant’
Brandon Hensel, a former
Newtown High School student-athlete described
as a gentle giant by those who knew him, died in a car crash early Sunday
morning. He was 22 years old.
Police say Hensel’s Ford Explorer
went off Toddy Hill Road in Newtown and that he later died from his
injuries at Danbury Hospital. Debris and tire tracks were still there on
Police are still investigating
what caused the crash. His funeral is Saturday.
His former football coach Steve
George called Hensel a leader.
"You can never prepare or
expect for something like that," said George.
The former coach says Hensel had
to work at football, but his studies came easy for someone with an amazing
"He earned everything that he
got and the potential that he had in the classroom as a student," he said.
With that potential, he just
earned his degree in mechanical engineering at Central Connecticut State
has been set up to pay
for funeral expenses.