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There are 171 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 7, 2008, titled Deadly 2007 Crash in Bristol Haunts Many Lives -- Law Enforceme.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

"We never saw headlights, then this vehicle was right in front of me," he says. "It was so fast.

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Kevin

United States

#1 Apr 8, 2008
It was a terrible thing to happen to those young people and I am speaking from experience. I had a hot car when I was a kid .Then I went into the Navy and drank and drove the car crazy. I ended up smashing the car up and going to the hospital. It was a hard lesson .I am glad I never got that call from the police about my daughter. I wish we could get thru to all young kids before something bad happens to them , so things like this don't happen and hurt so many people.
Teresa Fazzolari

Gales Ferry, CT

#2 Apr 8, 2008
Keep up the good work on teen restrictions. My name should ring a bell. 2004 Fatal accident near Home Depot in Wallingford on N. colony. Memorial is still there. Push for curfews and hefty fines if not heeded. Let's face it. Some kids have parents that don't care!
Four years later and I'm still feeling the effects. Please folks, don't have kids if you can't care for them.
Teresa Fazzolari

Gales Ferry, CT

#3 Apr 8, 2008
If current laws don't help then pass a law that says they can't get a license until they are 21
Bill

Wethersfield, CT

#4 Apr 8, 2008
Anyone reading this piece needs to look at the photos on the link---specifically the one of the car after the wreck.

I have sympathy for all the relatives of the crash victims and people who were in the car driven by Mr. Lehmann. In effect, Sean Landry killed himself and his friends and permanently injured others because he wasn't mature enough for the responsibility entrusted by our state and his parents.

Parents who allow their kids to drive these kind of cars bear some blame. The crash in Wolcott that killed three teens last fall is similar in that regard.

To any teenager who is getting into a car with their friends or driving--look at that crash photo one more time. That's what can happen when you drive (or the person driving you) behaves like a fool.
Bristol resident

Bristol, CT

#5 Apr 8, 2008
A drivers license is a privilege, NOT a right. Change the age to 18. Maturity is supposed to come with age. Many of us remember how WE drove at 16 and 17, usually influenced by the school crowd and bravado. Most 18 year olds will be out of school and hopefully avoid the nonsense immature conduct.
Iron Sheik

Baltimore, MD

#6 Apr 8, 2008
I think that raising the driving age to 18 or 21 is punishing teens who actually do obey laws and drive well, plus it puts an extra burden on these kids' parents.

What we need to do is have stricter punishment for 16 and 17 years olds cauight speeding, drunk driving, not wearing seatbelts, etc. A speeding offense by a 16 year old should warrant a one yera ban on their driving lisence and 100 hours of community service. Drunk driving should mean jail time.

Lets punish the few who are screwing this up for the majority.
Reality

Hartford, CT

#7 Apr 8, 2008
It is an awful accident that could have been prevented. I'm sure the drivers parents feel as bad as anyone can but...

If you look at his past driving record, dui , past cars totalled and then they buy him a street legal race car? Kids can be guided one way or another but it is up to the parents to make some decisions too. Maybe someone with his record either shouldn't be driving or should be driving a volvo.
MCNY

Middle Village, NY

#8 Apr 8, 2008
I don't know these kids or their parents, but I do know a young, dumb and full of testosterone boy should not be given a high performance sports car. In my opinion, this is the parents fault. Why not just buy him a Smith and Wesson, he probably would have killed less people.
MCNY

Middle Village, NY

#9 Apr 8, 2008
Iron Sheik wrote:
I think that raising the driving age to 18 or 21 is punishing teens who actually do obey laws and drive well, plus it puts an extra burden on these kids' parents.
What we need to do is have stricter punishment for 16 and 17 years olds cauight speeding, drunk driving, not wearing seatbelts, etc. A speeding offense by a 16 year old should warrant a one yera ban on their driving lisence and 100 hours of community service. Drunk driving should mean jail time.
Lets punish the few who are screwing this up for the majority.
Stricter punishment does not work. Look at the death penalty. Kids at 16 ARE NOT old enough to have my life and my loved ones lives in their hands. This is not the minority! Look at the stats and see how many lives are ruined by these KIDS... not adults.
sally

Windsor Locks, CT

#10 Apr 8, 2008
I'm not defending this ked, but his parents didn't buy him the car. He bought it himself.
Marilyn

United States

#11 Apr 8, 2008
I think that speaking to teens is a great idea but is anyone speaking to parents of teen drivers-my cousin died in a crash driven by his friend right in front of his house my aunt had to come outside and see her son crushed underneath the car-try explaining that to another parent-changing the age requirement may not do anything at all. at 21 they are legal to drink and DRIVE I say no way bad idea-maybe something like a teen cannot own a high performance vehicle or simply teens cannot own a car until 21 and therefore must use mommy and daddys minivan; insurance should not be through the roof but beyond a mortage payment I rather pay $500 a mo for car insurance than the cost of a funeral for my child
Bristol Driver 95

Bristol, CT

#12 Apr 8, 2008
Let me start off by saying the article brought tears to my eyes. Excellent!
It is a shame what has happened. I do put the blame on the parents for 1) buying a fast car, 2) allowing him to continue driving at the age 18 after having 1 accident and 3 speeding tickets!
Also, I blame the city/state for not suspending his license.
Doesn't that combo spell out disaster?
No wonder why the drivers family has not spoken out. I'm sure they are very nice people, BUT THEY SHOULD be appologizing to the families, and making an appology to the public. I see them right now as secluded. I as part of the public am not seeing this family caring or Doing anything about to help prevent this. Yet it happened again with another teen drive in ANOTHER SUBARU.
As I drive to work every day I come across many ocassions where I wish some of these teens never received their license.
I am passed out in my quiet neighborhood by inpatient teens because they don't want to do 25mph zone.
They run stop signs. I've seen adults do this too though. Grow UP. In a rush? Should have left earlier.
Two times I was in the right turn lane for Route 6, and two times a car went around me on the left lane to cut me off to turn right on RED.
I've seen them on highways, ie route 9. They travel in groups. Two lead cars in each lane will hold up all the other traffic while two up ahead race eachother at high speeds. Not only does it make a traffic jam but they are completely unpredictible.
Tailgating, speeding, racing, drifting?, now murder.
Yea thats what it is, parents, buying your inexperienced kid a fast car is like giving them a gun. Go play with it and be careful you don't hurt someone.
Buy them a Subaru Justy! Cheap, old, slow, and a real gas saver. My first car was a 1984 Ford Escort.$500 it was mine.
I do with all the families touched by this the best.
God Bless
Lets look at auto makers

Southington, CT

#13 Apr 8, 2008
Do you remember a 67 chevy? The bumpy ride? Everything today is smooth. You can be going 85 and you think you are going 40. Auto makers could make cars like the good old days. It you drove that 67 chevy nova at 85mph it would have fallen apart or your would have been hitting your head on the ceiling. If the parents puchased this auto for their child they paid more than any of us-his life. If the child paid for it he should have respected what he had and driven it slower. Could have, should have, would have. It is really a sad story.
Sad

New Britain, CT

#14 Apr 8, 2008
Regardless, he lived at home so his parents still should have been the ones in control. I wish they had taken his keys after the first time he got in trouble with that car; my parents sure would have! I don't blame them, though, because they have suffered enough. Not only do they have to live with the loss of their child; they have to live with the knowledge that their child killed three other kids in the process.

I lost my 19-year-old to a reckless driver under similar circumstances last year. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims, and to the survivors who have to live with those horrific memories. All will be remembered in my prayers.
sally wrote:
I'm not defending this ked, but his parents didn't buy him the car. He bought it himself.
Tad

United States

#15 Apr 8, 2008
sally wrote:
I'm not defending this ked, but his parents didn't buy him the car. He bought it himself.
Really? A 19 year old kid can afford to not only buy AND insure a $30,000+ car but modify it too? If the parents didn't buy the car directly they had to be covering the insurance premium or fronting the money in some way.

I feel horrible for everyone even remotely involved in this accident and the one in Wolcott not a month later, but blaming movies or video games or the car manufacturer for the accident is just scapegoating.

In both cases the drivers had a history of wreckless behavior behind the wheel, but the courts let the kids plea down and keep their licenses. In both cases the parents either purchased or facilitated the purchase of cars these kids had no place driving. Sad for the courts and (especially) the parents of the drivers, but the blame kinda stops there.

Instead of creating new reactionary laws, try enforcing the laws already on the books.
jeff

United States

#16 Apr 8, 2008
How horribly sad that poor man is. He has lost the most precious thing a dad can loose his daughter. I know young kids love to cruise and drive fast and often parents provide them with a vehicle they are incapbale of driving. This particular vehicle is way to fast for it's suspension and the skills of a teen driver. There are kids ready to drive at 16 and there are kids who are way older and still are a menace. I did not get my license untill I was over 18 and only then because my folks hassled me to get it. I was a passenger in a car accident and I was so scared of cars and high speeds. As I grew older I wanted a decent car so my first car was a BMW 2002 1972, prior to that I drove a VW. Well this Tii was a screamer and I drove it fast and hard and by the grace of God no accidents. As I matured I learned that driving fast can be accomplished by any idiot, it is driving properly that counts. I took took high speed driving courses in both Africa and Germany and grew to respect speed and tghose who can handle speed, sadly it's not a teen. Parents if you provide your child with a high performance car provide them with high performance driving lessons, it will make them better drivers, and they will appreciate the ability of thier vehicles. Giving a kid a high performance car and no instruction is asking for trouble. The driver of this car will forever be broken inside, knowing he killed his friends, knowing he has caused so much pain and suffering. Parents be sane, be honest if your child is immature don't license them.
Mr E

Andover, CT

#17 Apr 8, 2008
sally wrote:
I'm not defending this ked, but his parents didn't buy him the car. He bought it himself.
Proof please.
Janies Last IOU

Peabody, MA

#18 Apr 8, 2008
The one thing that hasn't come up . . . parents, know who your kid is riding with. You ARE the boss of them, even though they may not think so.
A friend of Sean

Greenfield, MA

#19 Apr 8, 2008
Having been one of Sean Landy's best friends, I'd like to enlighten you on the REAL man behind the wheel, not this monster the press has created. Sean cared about all of his friends, and if you asked him to slow down, he would without question. I highly doubt he was trying to drift, and the emergency brake was probably pulled because it was exactly that...an emergency! Isn't that what it's made for?! As far as the DUI I saw mentioned in "Reality, Hartford, CT"'s comment, no such thing exists. Sean NEVER drove drunk, and certainly was not charged for it, so please before you make comments get your facts straight. There are many more false statements presented within these comments, but I'll make it short and sweet by saying accidents are exactly that, and this was one. Leave it at that.
A friend of Sean

Greenfield, MA

#20 Apr 8, 2008
Also, Sean worked his ass off for that car and did pay for it himself! Just because you're not as well off as others, don't doubt their work ethic.

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