Three Teens Die In Wolcott Crash

Three Teens Die In Wolcott Crash

There are 298 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Oct 4, 2007, titled Three Teens Die In Wolcott Crash. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

“Oh my God, I thought it was a bomb”

Three Teens Die In Wolcott Crash Staff And Wire Reports 10:18 AM EDT, October 4, 2007 WOLCOTT - Police say three Wolcott High School students have died in an accident on East Street. via Hartford Courant

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WOLCOTT DAD

Waterbury, CT

#272 Mar 27, 2008
"Do you love your parents?" asked David Roy, Alyssa's father. Nearly everyone in the auditorium raised their hands.
"Do you want to make your parents cry?" Roy asked before pleading with teens in the audience to drive responsibly.
He also implored young people riding with friends to demand that they drive safely, and do whatever's necessary — even calling 911 on a cellphone — to get out of a car when the driver is being reckless. Roy said the natural temptation for teens is to appear cool or make jokes when a friend is driving wildly, but he said it's crucial to resist that.
"We'll never know what happened in Sean's car. We'll never know if those kids were screaming for him to slow down," Roy said, his voice breaking. "Now on any given day, I don't want to get out of bed. My baby girl is gone. My wife's best friend is gone, my two sons' sister is gone."
Students from high schools in Bristol, Region 10, Plymouth and Plainville organized the presentation to address the recent series of fatal accidents involving young drivers and high speeds.
Speaker Sharon Kenney, a training manager at Bristol EMS, looked sadly at the posters of the dead teenagers and said simply, "This shouldn't be here ... this shouldn't be here."
Just one teen resisting the pressure to take part in street racing, drifting or other reckless stunts on the road can make a difference, she said.
Officer Brad Shaffrick, who investigated the Route 6 crash, said that driving over 100 mph through Terryville and into Bristol "is way, way beyond reckless."
But despite all of the memorials that have been held for the four dead teenagers and three others killed in a crash in Wolcott this summer, many young people aren't changing their attitudes, he said. When he polled students at a recent driver education class on whether they'd ride with a reckless driver, nearly a third said "yes," he told the crowd.
Investigators were stunned as their measurements and tests kept showing Landry had been doing over 100 mph.
"This accident was beyond what we've ever seen in Bristol," said Schaffrick, who worked closely with the grieving families and with Thomas and Deborah Lehmann, victims injured in the car that was crushed by Landry's out-of-control Subaru. "I was looking for some silver lining that might lessen the pain these people have. It just wasn't there."

“Miss Eliza”

Since: Dec 07

Maine

#273 Mar 27, 2008
Fat Russ wrote:
numerous chances to reign in this hooligan - THEY DID NOTHING
The parents should be shamed out of town
<quoted text>
Were you a fly on the wall of their home? No. Did you live in a closet beneath their stairs & witness everything that happened in the household. No. So you really have no idea the precautions these parents took. Blaming the parents is easy, but in reality the blame lies with no one but the young man behind the wheel. He made the choices that ultimately led to his death & the death of two others.
Yet another Wolcott mom

Wolcott, CT

#274 Mar 27, 2008
WOLCOTT DAD wrote:
When high school gets out, the teens come flying out of there like bats out of hell and you take your life in your hands being within a mile of it. Wolcott Mom had said in one of her posts that the kids coming and going from WHS have not learned form the recent deaths of there friends and school mates. This seems to be true. My child is 17 and is a student at WHS, has a driver’s license and drives to school every day. I asked if what Wolcott Mom said was true and was told “Definitely, Yes.” I asked, what would it take to change what was going on and was told,“Attrition.” FYI, my child was deeply affected by both the deaths is Bristol and Wolcott. I have great trust in my child. Parents ask your children what they think about how the kids at the High School drive and see what response you get. The answers I got were disturbing and hard to believe. Remember some have learned but not all.
Young Drivers Hear Plea
Crash Victims' Parents Speak
By DON STACOM
Courant Staff Writer
March 26, 2008
BRISTOL
— Investigators proved reckless driving was to blame for the crash that killed four teenagers last summer, but grieving father Dennis Gosselin believes there was a deeper factor behind it: Pride.
"What negative force was at work? We believe the cause of the crash was pride ... pompous self-importance. The kind of pride that goes before a fall," Gosselin told a crowd of more than 150 teenagers and parents Tuesday night.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the high-speed car crash killed his 17-year-old son in August, Gosselin joined the parents of two other victims, a paramedic and a police investigator in an emotional plea for central Connecticut teens to drive maturely.
In the auditorium of Bristol Eastern High School, students put up two oversize memorial posters to Myles Gosselin and Alyssa Roy, 16, who were killed along with 16-year-old Jordan Gagnon when the high-performance Subaru WRX they were riding in veered out of control on Route 6, hit another car and then smashed into a tree. Police estimate that the driver, 18-year-old Sean Landry, was doing 100 to 140 mph.
Thank you Wolcott Dad for validating my statement as true. I stand behind it after seeing it first hand constantly living within a mile of the high school. Of course I've had alot of people disagree with it and say that I must be looking for the bad teen drivers in wolcott...I wish I had to look harder to find them. It's nice to hear from a parent that cares and also that you have an honest teen too.
Nazzim of Bazzim

United States

#275 Mar 27, 2008
Wolcott Dad,

I appreciate the update. Let's hope it changes the attitudes and driving habits of many. Even if the pleas get through to only a few and save only one life in the future, everyone's efforts have been worthwhile. Hopefully more folks will read this. I'm glad I did. Thanks.
Yet another Wolcott mom

Wolcott, CT

#276 Mar 27, 2008
Eliza Anne wrote:
<quoted text>
Were you a fly on the wall of their home? No. Did you live in a closet beneath their stairs & witness everything that happened in the household. No. So you really have no idea the precautions these parents took. Blaming the parents is easy, but in reality the blame lies with no one but the young man behind the wheel. He made the choices that ultimately led to his death & the death of two others.
Sorry Eliza, but I guess you obviously don't know the history and all that happened or you wouldn't say that. Theres far more to it than you must know.
Yet another Wolcott mom

Wolcott, CT

#278 Mar 27, 2008
I do believe this could have easily been prevented and should have, but it was overlooked.
Yet another Wolcott mom

Wolcott, CT

#280 Mar 28, 2008
total agreement.
Yet another Wolcott mom

Wolcott, CT

#281 Mar 28, 2008
I guess if he survived that accident, he'd be driving a Ferrari by now huh??
Yet another Wolcott mom

Wolcott, CT

#282 Mar 31, 2008
Wolcott Dad...once again today...I had the pleasure of having to come to a complete stop on the narrow hilly curve on boundline by the town green when about 6 cars of teens, one after the other came flying down the hill, of course over the line like idiots...it was 4:30pm, god only knows where they were coming from, but I was furious and turned to my kids and told them..."good luck getting your license before the age of 18!". I guess the crash of their "friend" is long forgotten, since it was way back in October. Nothing has changed...actually it seems like they are driving even faster now actually. Pathetic.
WOLCOTT DAD

United States

#283 Apr 4, 2008
Yet another Wolcott mom wrote:
Wolcott Dad...once again today...I had the pleasure of having to come to a complete stop on the narrow hilly curve on boundline by the town green when about 6 cars of teens, one after the other came flying down the hill, of course over the line like idiots...it was 4:30pm, god only knows where they were coming from, but I was furious and turned to my kids and told them..."good luck getting your license before the age of 18!". I guess the crash of their "friend" is long forgotten, since it was way back in October. Nothing has changed...actually it seems like they are driving even faster now actually. Pathetic.
Does any one or have you ever contacted the school principle or the police? Please let me know. They should be called every time someone has this type of problem.
Yet another Wolcott mom

Wolcott, CT

#284 Apr 4, 2008
I remember hearing that the police were supposed to be sitting around town more often checking. I think they should set up surprise speed traps surrounding the high school area and give out a few tickets for a couple of weeks and keep up surprised traps, so the kids will never know. I don't know if the principal has been contacted. The least they should do is have the officer that works at the school to stand at the driveway where the kids are exiting telling them to slow down...it's better than nothing at least.
SHUTT UP

AOL

#285 Apr 12, 2008
Yet another wolcott mom wrote:
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My point exactly.
WOLCOTT IS THE BEST TOWN EVER DONT YOU DARE SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT. WE HAVE THE BEST CMT SCORES AND FOR EXAMPLE, WOLCOTT KIDS IN THE 7TH GRADE ARE TAKING 8TH GRADE SCIENCE, REAING, WRITING, MATH, AND OTHER STUDIES AND THAT GOES FOR EVERYTOHER GRADE FROM PR-K THOUGH 12TH!
Yet another Wolcott mom

Wolcott, CT

#286 Apr 12, 2008
well...between your name and your obnoxious CAPS, it proves the point..thank you. You spelled "reading" and "Everyother" wrong, so you didn't prove your point at all. Try harder and next time take your CAPS LOCK OFF!!! Good luck!!
Disgusted

Wolcott, CT

#288 Apr 26, 2008
SHUTT UP wrote:
<quoted text>
WOLCOTT IS THE BEST TOWN EVER DONT YOU DARE SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT. WE HAVE THE BEST CMT SCORES AND FOR EXAMPLE, WOLCOTT KIDS IN THE 7TH GRADE ARE TAKING 8TH GRADE SCIENCE, REAING, WRITING, MATH, AND OTHER STUDIES AND THAT GOES FOR EVERYTOHER GRADE FROM PR-K THOUGH 12TH!
Seeing as YAWM and I live in this town, we know what the town is like. What does test scores and Hot schools have to do with the way kids drive? I listen to the kids peeling out of Bounline Road onto Rt 69 every day. I see the kids flying around all over town after school. I make sure that I have all my errands done before they get out of school, so I don't have to drive with them on the road. Honestly, the kids in this town scare the crap out of me!! There is no reason why the kids drive the way they do. Especially the way they drive past the cemetary that holds their friends that died 6 months ago. You would think that when they drive by there and see the balloons and flowers they are always leaving, they would remember what killed them and slow down.
sad

Revere, MA

#289 Apr 30, 2008
I just googled my friend's name who passed away and this is what I found....I can't really believe that months later people have such nasty things to say. It was a horrible accident and it's terrible that you all talk so much trash. Why don't you use your time more wisely and get out into the community and make a difference by educating teens and parents so this doesn't continue to happen. It's sad that you use your free time to critique the parenting of others.
Marjorie

South Dennis, MA

#291 May 2, 2008
sad wrote:
I just googled my friend's name who passed away and this is what I found....I can't really believe that months later people have such nasty things to say. It was a horrible accident and it's terrible that you all talk so much trash. Why don't you use your time more wisely and get out into the community and make a difference by educating teens and parents so this doesn't continue to happen. It's sad that you use your free time to critique the parenting of others.
Well said, IMHO!!!
bimbo

Farmington, CT

#292 May 7, 2008
Jacobb wrote:
I'm glad they died.
The guy who was driving had it coming to him, and it's the girls fault they drove in a car with him. I would NEVER drive with someone who got a DWI, never. It's just stupid.
It sucks that the girls died because now I can't inside their pants!
People are like, "they're in heaven with god now."
There is no god, they are just roting in the ground.
HONESTLY ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? THAT IS THE RUDEST THING YOU COULD EVER SAY ABOUT ANYONE. Alyssa was my BEST friend. she had NO idea about sean's past judgements, and tickets. NONE OF THESE KIDS DESERVED TO DIE. the other kids did NOTHING WRONG. wow you know, i think thats one of the sickest things i've ever heard in my life. how could you be glad that these children died, yes it was very stupid of sean to be driving at that speed, i'll admit that, but everyone learns from their mistakes. and another thing, how you say "now that these girls are dead, i can't get in their pants" thats so immature and stupid. grow up. they are with god now, and you should be ashamed of yourself. AND YOU'RE FROM TEXAS, go ride a horse. you're such a ugly bastard.

R.I.P. ALYSSA, MYLES, SEAN AND JORDAN. you will NEVER be forgotten<3
David Bukowy

South Windsor, CT

#293 May 15, 2008
I am throughly disgusted with all three of you, You sit here and argue about who is better than waht or who and your in a forum about three teens who died. People amaze me, I knew one of the girls that died, Jordan Gagnon, and can you bear the fact that when I went to the service I fell to my knees and cried, I couldn't even look at her face, but you can sit here and argue, and Mr. Texas about getting in their pants, shove off. Soemone needs to shoot you. Hopefully mabye all you will learn respect for the people who have died in this crash and not agrue about stupid stuff around this posting. Thanks for being considerate.
Nicole

East Granby, CT

#294 Jun 16, 2008
You're an a*s.
Have a good day wrote:
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Oh, OK Cuz, he only totaled the Honda...while he was drunk and doing over 90 MPH and nearly killed himself and a friend (former friend I hear)in the process. There has been little said of other cars and accidents other than classmates and others who knew him saying he drove that way all the time and never had a car he didn't wreck, but hey, maybe they weren't his fault but I'd bet speed played a factor in all of them.
The good news is from now on, he won't be getting in any more accidents. Isn't that what's really important? And more good news too...I just saved a ton of money on my car insurance by switching to GEICO!!
And Corey, you may want to learn how to spell or at least use spell check, because your message reads like something a 2nd grader would write.
Yet another wolcott mom

Wolcott, CT

#295 Jun 16, 2008
Disgusted wrote:
<quoted text>
Seeing as YAWM and I live in this town, we know what the town is like. What does test scores and Hot schools have to do with the way kids drive? I listen to the kids peeling out of Bounline Road onto Rt 69 every day. I see the kids flying around all over town after school. I make sure that I have all my errands done before they get out of school, so I don't have to drive with them on the road. Honestly, the kids in this town scare the crap out of me!! There is no reason why the kids drive the way they do. Especially the way they drive past the cemetary that holds their friends that died 6 months ago. You would think that when they drive by there and see the balloons and flowers they are always leaving, they would remember what killed them and slow down.
I feel the same and agree with you totally. You'd never know that these 3 teens died in Wolcott such a short time ago by how the teens are driving. It actually seems like they are even more out of control now.

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