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Townsend man killed in wreck, State Police say - Sentinel & Ent...

There are 15 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Dec 7, 2009, titled Townsend man killed in wreck, State Police say - Sentinel & Ent.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

State Police say a Townsend man has been killed in a morning accident on Route 90 East in Ludlow, according to a press release they sent out this afternoon.

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loser

United States

#1 Dec 8, 2009
these elderly people need to be retested for reaction times and eyesight and meds they may be on. my daughter who at the time was 28 years old was in a head on collision with an elderly couple that took an exit and decided to turn around on the exit to get back onto the highway and would have been going head on into the 128 traffic, my daughter who took that same exit at the time they were turning around hit her head on !! in turn my daughter lost her dream, she had just opened a business and because of her concussion, lispe and the ability to drive she closed a business that she worked steadfastly for a year on to open, permits, inventory, lease. license etc., etc., and what is she getting out of this although she is alive (a miracle) she is being repaid nothing in comparison to the thousands put out to start a business. these old people ruin the lives or kill the young and they need to be stopped.
dugie22

Montgomery, AL

#2 Dec 8, 2009
I agree totally and the Laws need to be changed and made ! I drive RT 2 every day and the biggest problem is elderly people driving 10 miles below the posted speed limit of 55. I'm sorry to have to post this on such a tragic article , but until people understand what is at stake here (lives) then it will go uncorrected. Please , i respect our elderly , but in return we deserve respect on our roadways just as much as them !!!
pos

AOL

#3 Dec 8, 2009
loser wrote:
these elderly people need to be retested for reaction times and eyesight and meds they may be on. my daughter who at the time was 28 years old was in a head on collision with an elderly couple that took an exit and decided to turn around on the exit to get back onto the highway and would have been going head on into the 128 traffic, my daughter who took that same exit at the time they were turning around hit her head on !! in turn my daughter lost her dream, she had just opened a business and because of her concussion, lispe and the ability to drive she closed a business that she worked steadfastly for a year on to open, permits, inventory, lease. license etc., etc., and what is she getting out of this although she is alive (a miracle) she is being repaid nothing in comparison to the thousands put out to start a business. these old people ruin the lives or kill the young and they need to be stopped.
hey Loser,, if you noticed,, it was the 45 year older that crossed the lane and hit the elderly couple... go back to school,, learn to read
Kelly

Long Island City, NY

#4 Dec 8, 2009
pos wrote:
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hey Loser,, if you noticed,, it was the 45 year older that crossed the lane and hit the elderly couple... go back to school,, learn to read
umm, actually you read it incorrectly....here is the copy "Police said Raoul Daunais, 73, of Townsend, was killed and passenger Annette Daunais, 73, of Townsend, was seriously injured when a 2000 Dodge Ram van Raoul Daunais was driving eastbound crossed the median and westbound travel lanes and then struck a guardrail and a pickup." Before you resort to name calling, maybe YOU should get YOUR facts straight.
Annie

Hampton, NH

#5 Dec 8, 2009
to Dugie22,

Please note that the 55 mph speed limit on Route 2 is a maximum limit, not a minimum limit.
dugie22

Montgomery, AL

#6 Dec 8, 2009
Yuppers i agree again ! Must have been some 80 + year old that can't read correctly, go figure ! Proof is in the puddin ! cell phones = Banned while driving
Over the age of 65 = the need for DMV retesting ..... By the way , i'm 32 and own a cell phone. I choose not to put others in danger by talking on the phone while driving, my friends and family can wait and if it's an emergancy , text it to me , i'll pull right over to call you back !!! Behind elderly drivers , people on cell phones are just as bad !!!
dugie22

Montgomery, AL

#7 Dec 8, 2009
Annie your correct ! But driving more than 10 miles under is also against the law ! Thats my point ! When it's 4:00 PM and you see a big string of cars held up in the left lane ( by the way ) then their is a major problem. It's either an elderly driver or someone on a cell phone 90% of the time. First , traveling in the left lane under the speed limit is dangerous because of the fact so may people will try to pass on the right just to get by, second move over to the right lane if your going to go slower than the posted limit, it's only common sense ! Oh thats right , our elders lack respect for others , courtsey, common sense and think we as younger adults owe them something.... We do , but not as much as they think !!!
DDD

Boston, MA

#8 Dec 8, 2009
Kelly wrote:
<quoted text>
umm, actually you read it incorrectly....here is the copy "Police said Raoul Daunais, 73, of Townsend, was killed and passenger Annette Daunais, 73, of Townsend, was seriously injured when a 2000 Dodge Ram van Raoul Daunais was driving eastbound crossed the median and westbound travel lanes and then struck a guardrail and a pickup." Before you resort to name calling, maybe YOU should get YOUR facts straight.
Kelly,
I agree, but what we have here is an elderly person with failing eyesight. What a shock...
Mr - Me

Hampton, NH

#9 Dec 8, 2009
He had a heart attack and that's the reason he crossed the road. His wife unbuckled trying to grab the wheel. Show some compassion.
Karen

Nashua, NH

#10 Dec 9, 2009
I was going to write that Mr. Daunais may have had a heart attack and it was not due to his age, when I saw the comment listed above. I knew Mr. Daunais and there was nothing wrong with his mental abilities that would keep him from driving. He may have been 73 years of age but had the physical and mental abilities of a man half of his age. People should wait for all the facts before you prove someone guilty no matter what their age.
FredP

Winchester, MA

#12 Dec 12, 2009
Karen wrote:
I was going to write that Mr. Daunais may have had a heart attack and it was not due to his age, when I saw the comment listed above. I knew Mr. Daunais and there was nothing wrong with his mental abilities that would keep him from driving. He may have been 73 years of age but had the physical and mental abilities of a man half of his age. People should wait for all the facts before you prove someone guilty no matter what their age.
Thank you Karen. Ray and Annette were my wonderful neighbors in Chelmsford until they downsized and relocated to Townsend, MA. Ray was a very sharp and youthful 73 year old man who drove his white van throughout the region, to attend the many trade and flea markets where he and Annette would sell their product. Simply wonderful, vibrant people. I also wondered what caused Ray Daunais to lose control of his vehicle on the MA Pike - I thought he perhaps hit some blck ice as it was a cold early morning. Our thoughts and prayers are will the Daunais family and especially to Annette, his belvoed wife and companion for so many years.
cbm

Haverhill, MA

#13 Dec 20, 2009
Mr-Me, Karen and FredP thank you! To eveyone else get some facts before you accuse someone of just 'being eldery' My uncle had an excellent driving record. It was his heart we are sure of it.
NotJim

Essex, MA

#15 Dec 21, 2009
Keeping Us Safe wrote:
Keeping Us Safe is a national company that has developed the "Enhanced Self-Assessment Program" for senior drivers.
This individualized program has been designed to serve as a valuable tool in helping older drivers (and their families) make appropriate decisions regarding the future of ones safe driving career.
If the individual is a safe driver, we provide him or her with strategies on how to remain a safe driver as they progress through the aging process.
If driving retirement is the appropriate decision, then we provide the individual (and their family) with acceptable alternatives, resources and a very specific plan to ensure a smooth and successful transition from the drivers seat to the passenger seat.
We also offer two separate presentations for your group or organization:
- A Safe Drive Through the Aging Process, and
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Please visit our website www.keepingussafe.org or call toll-free 877-907-8841 to learn more about our exciting and unique programs for senior drivers AND their respective families. We can help!
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877-907-8841
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Hey matt go stick your nose somewhere else and get the facts right...
Looking out

Springfield, MA

#16 Dec 22, 2009
I believe past 65 they should consider road testing per every licence renewal. If they can't past the eye exam and road test they should have their licence revoked for danger to the the roads and highways.
Millville Resident

Worcester, MA

#17 Dec 22, 2009
The old folk really turn out to vote on issues like this, not to mention the power of the AARP...the laws will never change.

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