Police Identify Teen Injured In Berli...

Police Identify Teen Injured In Berlin Crash

There are 13 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Mar 17, 2009, titled Police Identify Teen Injured In Berlin Crash. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Police have identified the teen-ager who was seriously injured in a crash Monday as Michael Mangini, 18.

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John Q Taxpayer

Newington, CT

#1 Mar 17, 2009
I don't understand why they don't just ask him where he was going and where he was coming from. I have seen people take a non-fatal bullet to the head, be awake the next day, speaking with no affect granted but still speaking. Sounds to me that Mitsubishi is to blame, did these happen to be trees or saplings that this kid hit?
penguin

Hartford, CT

#3 Mar 17, 2009
My heart goes out to Michael and his family as this is very sad and I hope he recovers.

Speeding, reckless driving, underage drinking, all will never stop. No one's accident will prevent the next accident.

we can only be thankful once our own kids are grown up and still alive. It can happen to anyone, the good kids, the not so good kids, good families, the best towns, and not the best towns, it doesn't matter.

Mothers of children killed in crashes talk at the schools, DARE is at the schools, program to simulate crashes are at the schools. Nothing gets through once some time has gone by.

And it's always been that way. Maybe the kids themselves can help find a way.

I'm not negative, this is how it is. My own son was a great driver, while I was the passenger, but I know better when I wasn't. He didn't drink underage either, that's what I believed until the pictures came back with him holding a beer bottle. No facebook or digital cameras then, just film, took a while to get back. All parents can do is try, try, try, let the kids know they can talk to you, keep preaching your values even when they roll their eyes, who knows what will sink in. good luck to all parents! and to the kids too. Good luck to Michael for a complete recovery.
Retired

Monmouth, ME

#4 Mar 17, 2009
Those darn trees just jump out at these kids today..Not like in our day the trees had their roots planted ...Speeding maybe on the cell phone to the girlfriend who was breaking up with him, who knows but just plain STUPID !! Could have killed someone and then they want to drink at 18 too !!!
Voice of Reason

Holyoke, MA

#6 Mar 17, 2009
John Q,
Unfortunately, there have been times in the past where people lie about their comings and goings. Maybe young Michael told the police he was rushing to volunteer at the local senior center... or was on his way to church.
It is the officer's job to do a through investigation. After all, he owes that to Michael and his family if Michael is seriously hurt.
WTF

Burlington, CT

#7 Mar 17, 2009
What does this have to do with a kid who hit a tree?
divorce wrote:
Do not be so quik to judge the children
Sinc 1969 no fault divorce is just anither form of abuse
If you are divorced read the book and understand what form of abuse you have impacted your child with
I am not judging
Hope you are able to judge yourself
Judith Wallerstein discusses her latest book, "The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce," an analysis of the long-term effect of divorce on children.
ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: One-quarter of the adults in this country under the age of 44 are children of divorce. A new book, "The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce," by Judith Wallerstein, Julia Louis, and Sandra Blakesly, explores how divorce continues to shape the lives of young people, even after they reach full adulthood. The book builds on therapist Judith Wallerstein's 30-year study of 131 children and adolescents from 60 divorcing families in Marin County, just North of San Francisco. Wallerstein is the founder of the Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition.
You've been looking at these kids-- and now adults-- for 30 years. What's the legacy now that they're adults of divorce?
JUDITH WALLERSTEIN: The legacy-- and it's a very surprising legacy to me, but I think it's one that has really hit a chord throughout this country-- is that the major impact of divorce is not, as we thought, at the time of the breakup, although that's very hard, but the major impact of divorce happens when they enter young adulthood and they... when the man/woman situation, man/woman relationship moves center stage, and that's when the ghosts of the parent's divorce rise from the basement.
ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: So you really learned a lot about not only what happens to them as adults, but looking back, you learned more even about what they had suffered as kids when you talked to them now, right?
JUDITH WALLERSTEIN: I learned a lot. But I learned it in many ways. I knew them as children, so when they described their childhood memories, I could check with what I knew and remembered. And I happened to remember everything they told me-- although sometimes I can't remember what I did yesterday. But when they talked about having children, they all... Many of them said, in a surprising number, "I wouldn't want any child of mine to have my childhood," which was one of the most telling statements they made.
ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: Many of them felt they had no childhood after the divorce, right?
JUDITH WALLERSTEIN: They really felt they had sacrificed their playtime, their childhood friendships. They had to spend a lot of time going back and forth from mother's house to father's house. They wanted to see their parents, but they wanted to see their friends, and they wanted to participate in the activities of the playground, and so on. And they did feel that they sacrificed a lot to their parent's divorce.
WTF

Burlington, CT

#8 Mar 17, 2009
John Q Taxpayer wrote:
I don't understand why they don't just ask him where he was going and where he was coming from. I have seen people take a non-fatal bullet to the head, be awake the next day, speaking with no affect granted but still speaking. Sounds to me that Mitsubishi is to blame, did these happen to be trees or saplings that this kid hit?
Maybe because he is in critical condition...dumb ass
None

Hartford, CT

#9 Mar 17, 2009
divorce wrote:
Do not be so quik to judge the children
Sinc 1969 no fault divorce is just anither form of abuse
If you are divorced read the book and understand what form of abuse you have impacted your child with
I am not judging
Hope you are able to judge yourself
Judith Wallerstein discusses her latest book, "The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce," an analysis of the long-term effect of divorce on children.
ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: One-quarter of the adults in this country under the age of 44 are children of divorce. A new book, "The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce," by Judith Wallerstein, Julia Louis, and Sandra Blakesly, explores how divorce continues to shape the lives of young people, even after they reach full adulthood. The book builds on therapist Judith Wallerstein's 30-year study of 131 children and adolescents from 60 divorcing families in Marin County, just North of San Francisco. Wallerstein is the founder of the Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition.
You've been looking at these kids-- and now adults-- for 30 years. What's the legacy now that they're adults of divorce?
JUDITH WALLERSTEIN: The legacy-- and it's a very surprising legacy to me, but I think it's one that has really hit a chord throughout this country-- is that the major impact of divorce is not, as we thought, at the time of the breakup, although that's very hard, but the major impact of divorce happens when they enter young adulthood and they... when the man/woman situation, man/woman relationship moves center stage, and that's when the ghosts of the parent's divorce rise from the basement.
ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: So you really learned a lot about not only what happens to them as adults, but looking back, you learned more even about what they had suffered as kids when you talked to them now, right?
JUDITH WALLERSTEIN: I learned a lot. But I learned it in many ways. I knew them as children, so when they described their childhood memories, I could check with what I knew and remembered. And I happened to remember everything they told me-- although sometimes I can't remember what I did yesterday. But when they talked about having children, they all... Many of them said, in a surprising number, "I wouldn't want any child of mine to have my childhood," which was one of the most telling statements they made.
ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH: Many of them felt they had no childhood after the divorce, right?
JUDITH WALLERSTEIN: They really felt they had sacrificed their playtime, their childhood friendships. They had to spend a lot of time going back and forth from mother's house to father's house. They wanted to see their parents, but they wanted to see their friends, and they wanted to participate in the activities of the playground, and so on. And they did feel that they sacrificed a lot to their parent's divorce.
What does any of that have to do woth this car acccident? Get some therapy.
Mom

Newington, CT

#10 Mar 17, 2009
Divorse

You are SUCH a looser!!!!
too quick to judge

United States

#11 Mar 17, 2009
spellcheck please....divorCe, loSer
But before you start calling names...let the boy recover and then find out what happened and why...right now the focus should be on his health...we know the family and they are great people who have taught their son right from wrong. He's a good boy. I am sure there is an explanation for what happened...
mother

Cheshire, CT

#12 Mar 17, 2009
My heart gose out to michael and his family as this is veary sad and i hope he recovers.
Unsub

United States

#13 Mar 18, 2009
John Q Taxpayer wrote:
I don't understand why they don't just ask him where he was going and where he was coming from. I have seen people take a non-fatal bullet to the head, be awake the next day, speaking with no affect granted but still speaking. Sounds to me that Mitsubishi is to blame, did these happen to be trees or saplings that this kid hit?
Because he is in critical condition and can't talk. When he is able to talk coherently the police will ask those questions. Critical but stable doesn't mean he's up running laps in the hospital hallways. It means he's still in bad shape but not getting worse.
family in pa

AOL

#14 Mar 18, 2009
our thoughts and prayers are with you eddie....
ECB

Marion, CT

#15 Mar 23, 2009
Anyone know why he was driving naked?

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