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Vernon Woman Killed in Tolland Crash Remembered as Vibrant Personality

Victoria Shustock, a Rockville High graduate, was killed early Monday when her car hit a telephone poll near the town line.

Friends and aquaintances remembered Victoria Shustock Tuesday as a popular, outgoing woman who was a talented cheerleader and gymnast.

Shustock, 20, known as "Tori," was killed in a car crash in Tolland early Monday morning. She lived in Vernon and was a 2010 graduate of Rockville High School.

“Tori always had a smile on her face," RHS Principal Eric Baim said. "She was an energetic, well-spirited human being. She was a popular kid who had a lot going for her."

Shustock was a gymnast and a cheerleader at RHS.

In her athletic career, she was a top-10 vaulter at the state level, CIAC records indicate.

She also participated in national cheer competitions at the club level, Baim said.

"In speaking for the school, we truly appreciated the time she spent here at RHS," Baim said. "This is a very unfortunate tragedy. She will be missed by the RHS family and community.”

Vernon resident Louise Ruel said Shustock "was a bigger-than-life presence" at Tolland's Tri-Town Gymnastics Center, where she had worked with young people.

"I will say that when my daughter, Amber, made the decision to cheer four years ago, it was Tori who inspired her," she said. "Tori was always in the gym at Tri-Town Gymnastics, working hard, laughing, having fun. Her love of gymnastics and cheer was contagious. Tori went on to be Miss Tori, an amazing coach to many … and they are all stunned and heartbroken. I do not know how any gym she was associated with will ever be the same."

According to a news release from state police, the Troop C barracks in Tolland received a call at about 4:45 a.m. indicating a car had struck a telephone pole near 266 Mile Hill Road, just south of Dockerel Road in Tolland near the Vernon line.

When emergency responders arrived at the scene, the car was "fully engulfed" in flames on the right shoulder of the road, police said. The car had rolled after hitting the pole, and the driver - Shustock - was ejected from the car, police reported.

Tolland EMS and paramedics pronounced Shustock dead on the scene, according to the release.

It took some time for state police to release her name because they were trying to notify family members.

The accident is still being investigated. Anyone with information on the crash should contact Trooper Tillman Cormier at 860-896-3200 ext. 8000.

Victoria Kirby October 16, 2012 at 06:34 PM
You will always be remembered Tori. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends during this hard time.
Elle Smith Fagan October 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Her spirit will be with us all specially in our sports and fitness for a bit, I'll bet. What a tragedy! Thank you for the good story.
heidi October 16, 2012 at 06:56 PM
R.i.p Tori.
Sara Yetishefsky October 16, 2012 at 07:21 PM
My prayers go out to the shustock family and to everyone who knew her, this is such a terrible tragedy and she will be missed by many
mariah lombardo October 16, 2012 at 07:33 PM
R.I.P. to the beautiful Tori. You'll be missed by so many<3
Beth Vorchheimer October 16, 2012 at 07:50 PM
My thoughts go out to you and your family. You will truly be missed. I was just fortunate enough to have known you <3
Antonia Valentin October 16, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Rest In Peace Tori <3 We will always miss you <3 You were always energetic and made everybody laugh. Won't ever forget our memories at Tri-Town <3 My prayers go out to your family. Always be remembered <3
Beth Tribble October 16, 2012 at 08:17 PM
What a terrible loss !! such a beautiful young girl !! My thoughts and prayers go out to her family
Yvonne Dias October 16, 2012 at 09:38 PM
you will never be forgotten! you are a princess and you had sooo many things going for you. i am keeping your family in my prayers. we will always love you and remember you as someone who could make anyone smile. i am so thankful for the years i had with you. ps please watch over us
Nina Gentile October 16, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Tori, you were a beautiful person inside and out, and your presence lit up the room you were in, heaven gained an amazing angel. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and loved ones. Rest in peace <3
Stephanie Marie October 16, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Tor , i love you an i will always remember you. You were taken from us too soon an you made Alot of people look at life in general with a knew set of eyes. I love you babe . :) Everyone should take the time to tell everyone they care about they love them an let know how important they are. You nevet know how special someone is to yout life until they are gone. Tori touched everyones life she ever entered.
Chelsea Kurowski October 17, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Dearest tori, how I wish this was all a cruel nightmare. I'm just waiting for someone to wake us all up. I love you so so much and truly cherish every moment we spent together from the first day we met many years ago. You are such an inspiration and I will never forget that beautiful smile and bubbly personality, who could? You truly do know how to brighten a person's life. Thank you so much for teaching me the meaning of this precious life, I wish so much we could bring yours back. Rock those heavens babygirl, I know you're the life of their party just like you were ours. Fly high, beautiful angel. I will love you forever.
Andrew Levesque October 17, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Tori taught my two little girls beginner gymnastics at Tri Town. She was very personable and always made my girls smile by engaging them in conversation. This is a very sad, tragic loss of a nice young person. May she rest in peace and may God bless her and her family.
mary elges October 17, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Tori all At All Stars Gymnastics will miss you dearly. We still are trying to get over the shock of what has happened. It just has such an unreal feeling. Tori you had so much joy for your job and the children you coached. I loved watching you coach and worked with the children you were so passionate for the sport and people you coach. You enthusiasm and ever ready smile worked its way into all of our hearts. The staff at All Stars miss you so so much and we offer our deepest regret and sympathy for you family. We love you, we miss you. RIP sweet Tori girl. -Coach Mary and the All Stars Staff and family. Windsor, CT
amber m October 17, 2012 at 02:26 AM
God Bless her and her family <3
Mckenzie clark October 17, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Tori you will always be a shining star. Immaculately beautiful inside and out. You will be forever missed and loved sweet girl<3
Brittany Alix October 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Tori you were such an amazing woman. I'm glad we were able to cheer together. All the memories we shared in the gym practicing and at competition. You were an inspiration for me to become a better athlete. I hope you are in a better place now. All you friends and family members will forever remember you with that beautiful smile on your face. Rest easy! My prayers are with your family. <3
J Measor October 17, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Such a tragedy..Tori transcended cliques..such a beautiful person in every way one can imagine.
Chelsea D October 17, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Tori, we may not have kept in touch once we both left high school but I will never forget the years we were friends. You made cheering so enjoyable and you were such an inspiration to not only me, but the many young athletes who competed with you and were coached by you. You've made such an impact on so many people with your bright smile and bubbly personality, you're unforgettable Tor. You may be gone, and taken from us way too soon but your memory and soul will live on through those who were closest to you. RIP beautiful, fly high with the angels <3
Briana Carilli October 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM
R.I.P Tori fly high you beautiful angel<3
Amber October 17, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I love you tori .u made me love cheer. U r so beatiful . U made me love twisters. R.I.P tori
angel October 18, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Rock the heavens Tori, I love and miss u
Amber Marie Haney October 18, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Tori, you were such an amazing, happy, and fun loving women. You sure will be missed. I just thank god that I got to know you. You made such an impact on so many peoples lives. I guess God just needed you more than us. Fly high baby girl :)
Margaret Moore October 18, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Tori. This is still so hard to believe. Rachel and I followed the most beautiful Rainbow yesturday on our way to the gym. She kept texting Miss Debi....We know it was you Sweetheart. Thank You for all those years that you took Rachel under your wing and you were the big sister she never had. Oh How Rachel Loved you. We all Did. Sweetheart. Your Love of Life,Your Laughter,Your Smile,but above all your Beauty of who you were inside and out will so greatly be missed. We Love you Honey. Your Forever in our Hearts.
pat luce October 18, 2012 at 07:00 PM
You were a really close best friend this past month tori... You really gave me every reason to smile... From singing songs with me on the raqdio to just talking about everything.. I just love when u looked over at me and smiled often randomly... You're a beautiful girl and I never meant someone so sweet and happy... Rest in peace hun, ill never forget you...
Stephanie Schipper October 18, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Dear Tori, You were and always will be that vibrant, charismatic, special student that touches the hearts of so many. You added that extra spark to our 6th grade language arts classroom. You will always be remembered with a smile. XOXO
CC October 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Reading all these beautiful messages shows what kind of inspirational, amazing,+ beautiful girl Tori was! RIP. My prayers go out to all of the Shustock family!
Ray and Lynn Fields October 19, 2012 at 03:20 AM
God bless and God grant your family peace. All we take with us is love...Our prayers are with you and your loved ones...
MC October 19, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Rest peacefully in God's embrace, Tori. I never saw a moor, I never saw the sea; Yet know I how the heather looks, And what a wave must be. I never spoke with God, Nor visited in heaven; Yet certain am I of the spot As if the chart were given. --Emily Dickinson
Betsy Gonzalez November 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Betsy Gonzalez of Tolland I don't know you, but you sounded like a great "young lady." My heart warming sympathy to all your family and friends. May God bring your family in harmoney.

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