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There are 132 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 8, 2008, titled Deadly 2007 Crash in Bristol Haunts Many Lives -- Police, St. F.... 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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Elizabeth, NJ

#3 Apr 8, 2008
The look on this father's face is one of pure anguish. Please people, slow down and live to see another day.
Haddam Resident

New Bedford, MA

#5 Apr 8, 2008
Just too sad.

Manchester, CT

#6 Apr 8, 2008
i hope the couple in the Taurus gets a massive payout from the Subaru kid's family. it's the least they deserve.
Colchester Resident

Waterbury, CT

#7 Apr 8, 2008
My heart goes out to Tom and Debbie Lehman. They are the true victims here.
Jamie M

United States

#8 Apr 8, 2008
What kind of an idiotic, irresponsible, thoughtless, lunatic buys a teenage boy a cra that's built for racing? For God's sake, if you need to get your kid a car, get him a Volvo station wagon.

This is precisely why the state needs to crack down and get tougher on these inexperienced drivers. The teenagers are too inexperienced and immature to see the dangers of what they're doing. All of us need to be protected from them and their reckless parents.

It's incomprehensible to me that anyone would be opposed to tougher regulations for teen drivers - older minimum ages, tougher curfews, tougher restrictions on when they can have passengers, and finally, PENALTIES FOR PARENTS to let them know that they also have a vested interest in this.

East Hartford, CT

#9 Apr 8, 2008's been a little more that 7 months--not even the year anniversary--and the Courant is already pouring salt into these families' open wounds. And to take their minds off the salt in the wound, they're simultaneouly spitting in their faces.

Talk about exploiting pain. Good job Courant. It's disgusting.

Harwinton, CT

#10 Apr 8, 2008
I agree with the first post - the look on Mr Roy's face is almost too painful to look at. This poor man. I hope that he finds some joy in the days of the rest of his life. I pray that the day will come when he wakes up to a brilliant blue-sky day and be free of the pain. How terribly sad.

As for Landry, what more can we say.

And as for the last post, I'm all for hammering the poor journalism of the Courant, but this article is not pouring salt in wounds - it's a necessary reminder that we must work to constrain letting children on the roads.
hartford resident

Hartford, CT

#11 Apr 8, 2008
if people are responsible for the actions of their pets, they should be held responsible for their children as well.

THe wrx looks like a racing car. No person under 21 should have one.
Mr E

Andover, CT

#12 Apr 8, 2008
Certainly a sad turn of events. We can only hope that this article wakes up the parents that buy their kids cars that are more powerful than they can handle, forces them to use more common sense and in hopes that they force their kids to sit down and read this article. Maybe it'll drill the dangers of the road into their head and perhaps they'll think twice before trying to impress someone by driving reckless.

Wethersfield, CT

#13 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.

Manchester, CT

#14 Apr 8, 2008
There is another factor here that people aren't talking about -- some of the teens were under curfew pressure and left to their own devices to make it home on time. If you are enforcing a curfew, then you have to know how they are getting home or go out late and get them yourselves.
Farmington dad

Boston, MA

#15 Apr 8, 2008
Yes, mistakes were made, anybody ever make one and realize how close you came to disaster? never mind 140 mph cars, why does anybody need one that exceeds even 80? and easy on the Landrys here, everybody is suffering

United States

#16 Apr 8, 2008
family at fault wrote:
The parents need to stop hiding and speak out on this if only to stop other idiot parents from doing the same stupid thing that killed children
Why are they hiding? The community needs them to speak to their murdering son's actions and theirs
I doubt that the Landry's are hiding-- I am certain they feel the pain and guilt of the entire incident, but how can you place the blame entirely on them just for buying their son a car?

Sean Landry was 19-- legally an adult, and though most people realize that a 19 year old is hardly very mature, he still had the ability to make decisions and he made a very poor one.

As for the community speaking-- if you can recall being a teenager and going to these assemblies the schools provide on drunk driving, drugs, etc., you will probably remember that you and your friends all thought "It won't happen to me-- I'm too smart for that." It may make the Lehmann's feel better to share their pain publicly, but does their speaking out actually change the minds of any of the school kids they stand in front of and cry? Probably not.

Teenagers can't help but think of themselves as invincible and that will never change. they will constantly test their bravado and that of their friends, and sadly, sometimes, their actions go beyond their control and bad things happen.

Parents can only do so much with their children; you try to teach your child to be responsible, to do the right thing, to be aware of how their actions affect others, but ultimately, our children have a free will too and unless we are to constantly be at their side watching their every move and monitoring their conscience, our children make their own decisions and we can only hope that they make the right choices.

I hope that all the families involved can find the way to heal and move on in their lives.

Ridgefield, CT

#17 Apr 8, 2008

Windsor Locks, CT

#18 Apr 8, 2008
The parents didn't buy the kid the car. He bought it himself.
Ancient Flatulater

United States

#19 Apr 8, 2008
The timing of this article is appropriate. Spring is here and along with it comes warm weather, warm nights and irresponsible teens in their modified rice-burners. To all of us responsible drivers - buckle up and watch out. And don't forget to report reckless driving when you can get the plate number. It may save lives.

United States

#20 Apr 8, 2008
What a senseless tragedy. Unfortunately, higher driving age laws would not have prevented this particular accident. How high should the laws go? Landry was a reckless and thoughtless individual to drive like that on public roads with passengers. If he wanted to drive a race car, get into race car driving and do it properly on a track.

I bet every single person reading this web site had at least one of these horrific accidents in their town when they were in high school. Do people ever learn? Note to teen drivers - you are not immortal, and neither is anyone else. What if you get into a terrible accident, killing your passengers and other people on the road, and LIVE? That is what happened to a kid in my home town (Avon). He was, I think, 15 and grabbed the keys to his parents' mercedes while they were out. He killed his three friends, a driver of another car and has to live with that guilt every day of his life, as do his parents. Really horrible stuff. DRIVE SAFE PEOPLE!
connecticut mom

Brooklyn, NY

#21 Apr 8, 2008
Who allowed this child to drive a Subaru WRX (and modify it for speed)? What parent in their right mind would permit such a thing? Irresponsible insanity! It's like handing a kid a loaded gun. Teens need to learn to drive on an old beater, not a hot-rod. My first car would shake whenever it went over 50mph. Now that's a good car to learn and make mistakes on.

Newington, CT

#22 Apr 8, 2008
Country Mom

Broad Brook, CT

#23 Apr 8, 2008
This is such a heart felt story. I'm sitting here at work with tears running down my face.
This is so scarey when you have teens and know what they are facing. I have spoken with mine but one of my daughters scares me because I'm not sure she would get out of a car with a teen driver speeding. I keep drilling it in her head to call us, if she ever feels unsafe and that she has to be the one to decide what fast is. you know when someone is going to fast and careless. In the articel 1/3rd of the kids said they would still drive with a fast driver. This is alarming. We really need strict penelties that will make the kids thing before they even drive out of control. I say you drive careless, wreckless, excessive speeds you lose your licence until your 21.
God bless all of these people involved in this horrific accident.

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