`A Day Of Sorrow' -- Courant.com

`A Day Of Sorrow' -- Courant.com

There are 26 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jul 5, 2007, titled `A Day Of Sorrow' -- Courant.com. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

A woman, her son and another child drowned Wednesday morning and a third child was in critical condition after their minivan rolled into Bunnell's Pond at Beardsley Park, officials said.

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dave wingert KGOR99

Council Bluffs, IA

#1 Jul 5, 2007
I HAD THE SAME VAN DO IT TO ME IN PARK
dave wingert KGOR99

Council Bluffs, IA

#2 Jul 5, 2007
THATS TERRIBLE

“What is this world coming too”

Since: Feb 07

Bridgeport, CT

#3 Jul 5, 2007
How awful I feel so sad for this family. I lived near that park for so many years and use to hang out there often. I know that park is a huge risk factor for young children swimming and many deaths have come from that. But who would expect this. My heart is bleeding for them. I wish that there was more someone could have done for them.
JFP

Manchester, CT

#4 Jul 5, 2007
It's a real shame.
Lourdes

Moodus, CT

#5 Jul 5, 2007
My deepest sympathy goes to her, the children and the family. This was a terrible accident. May the lord take good care of everyone... GOD BLESS!!!
SARS

Brighton, MA

#6 Jul 5, 2007
I dont understand why rescue poeple took the time to put on wet suits. Just jump in. Were they worried about being cold when babies were drowning. This story, as written, makes no sense to me.

“What is this world coming too”

Since: Feb 07

Bridgeport, CT

#7 Jul 5, 2007
SARS wrote:
I dont understand why rescue poeple took the time to put on wet suits. Just jump in. Were they worried about being cold when babies were drowning. This story, as written, makes no sense to me.
The reason why is because hypothermia will set in and they will not be able to do a damn thing for these people. And for what you know as they are on the way to the scene they are putting on the wet suits. Probably final prep to the wet suits after they get off the fire truck. Also remember fire men are trained for fires more so then water drownings. They aren't the coast guards. Read the article there were 4-5 people who tried jumping in at the moment it happened. One was an offical. One you can't handle a current while battling the cold water locking up your muscles and attempting to hold your breath for 15-20 feet under water. It was tragic. But don't blame the city they were called and there was an offical there wihin one minute of the call and fire trucks were there within 4 minutes. There is nothing that anyone could have done. After they do some testing they will find out what the cause was but please don't blame the city for not being able to do anything. They did what they can and in the end one child was saved.
CYOUNG

Moodus, CT

#8 Jul 5, 2007
My prayers and thoughts go out to all the family and friends of this awful tragedy. May you lean on the LORD and each other to help you through this.
Schmidtie

Hartford, CT

#9 Jul 5, 2007
How tragic.

My prayers to the family.
Steve

Newington, CT

#10 Jul 5, 2007
Dj Ize wrote:
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The reason why is because hypothermia will set in and they will not be able to do a damn thing for these people. And for what you know as they are on the way to the scene they are putting on the wet suits. Probably final prep to the wet suits after they get off the fire truck. Also remember fire men are trained for fires more so then water drownings. They aren't the coast guards. Read the article there were 4-5 people who tried jumping in at the moment it happened. One was an offical. One you can't handle a current while battling the cold water locking up your muscles and attempting to hold your breath for 15-20 feet under water. It was tragic. But don't blame the city they were called and there was an offical there wihin one minute of the call and fire trucks were there within 4 minutes. There is nothing that anyone could have done. After they do some testing they will find out what the cause was but please don't blame the city for not being able to do anything. They did what they can and in the end one child was saved.
You are correct. People just assume hypothermia cannot happen when the air temperature is above a certain amount. It takes much longer for the water temperature to be raised to a level that will not result in hypothermia quickly. Most late spring drownings occur as a result of persons escaping hot temperatures seeking relief in cool bodies of water. Unfortunately these bodies of water are still very cold. Ironically, water temperatures are probably at their highest in September after people have already put away their summer bathing gear. I like to think that I would have done as one man did if I have had been on scene, dive in five times trying to aid this family. That man is lucky he did not become one more victim of this tragedy. Wetsuits were a necessary precaution for the rescuers, and there was likely nothing that can have been done by the time that rescuers arrived. Sad.
John

East Hartford, CT

#11 Jul 5, 2007
What an awful thing to happen. Poor kids.
Mommy Two

Stuart, FL

#12 Jul 5, 2007
A good followup to this story would be what to do if this situation ever happens to you. Do you try to roll down the windows as you are going into the water (since the electricity must short out and the water pressure will not allow you to open the door). I live in FL and we have stories like this all the time with cars going into canals, but do you want to close the windows? Open them?

“What is this world coming too”

Since: Feb 07

Bridgeport, CT

#15 Jul 5, 2007
They say with the windows open it will sink the car faster. that is one reason why this vehicle did sink fast, because the tail gate window was open. however it does help you get out faster if it is open. I suppose they will release information soon about if they can tell if she tried to get the kids out of the belts etc. For anyone 4 minutes under water is a long time. That is how long it took for the fire trucks to get there. I am shocked that one child is in critical care and not with the others. However very happy they were able to save at least one. It makes me so sad knowing this freak type of accident can happen just as any accident at any time. I have a 2 year old and a 6 year old and I would be devasted if any harm was brought to them. I am already neurotic...

Just as they were investigating the scene for this yesterday a man was speeding down the road in the same town and was told by pedestrians to slow the hell down. He didn't listen and ran up the curb and pinned a 20 month old under his car. She is fighting for her life right now. My family wonders why I am neurotic. People don't pay attention and I know sometimes things are purely accidents like the vehicle going into the water but then you have idiots like this guy who just didn't care about his life never mind anyone else.
Tillie

Sebago Lake, ME

#16 Jul 5, 2007
Sympathy to the family and friends.

“What is this world coming too”

Since: Feb 07

Bridgeport, CT

#17 Jul 5, 2007
Early Childhood Adv wrote:
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Don't you mean ...apply the freakin brakes?!
If you are unloading the vehicle? Weren't they just asking for directions? Why not unload the children first, children left in a vehicle is a deadly combo, I ought to know..as a child I played in the car only to have it roll back...when I played with one of the parts...brakes or something..I was too young to remember (i took the keys though...that I do remember)...scared the beans out of me and the beans which were still left were spanked out! Too much to this story.
No one knows why the van rolled. It could have been that one of the children had played in the van like you did. Maybe she did apply the E brake as she got out to ask for directions and one of them pushed it down. Maybe the truck malfunctioned. These things do happen. It makes me think it is possible the truck malfunctioned when there were no marks in the grass to say she applied brakes. i am sure that would have been the first thing she did once she jumped in the van. They are in the mist of tearing that van apart. They will find the cause. However, she wasn't unloading anything and if she was and a kid ran away and jumped in the water then people would say she should have unloaded them last. It is a no win situation. She was simply asking directions but in a normal day of life most people are not going to unload 3 children from a car to ask directions. Maybe she could have just rolled down the windows but what if's don't matter now. She is gone and two of her children are gone and left behind a couple other children and a husband. It was a tragic event one that I hope no one has to encounter.
Zoey

AOL

#18 Jul 5, 2007
My deepest sympathies to the families. This is such a tragedy
SO SAD

Westport, CT

#19 Jul 5, 2007
It's true, after reading the facts I have to ask if she made the right decision to leave teh kids in the car... even just to ask a quick question....

Is this something we all have been guilty of though?

How many times have you left your child in the car to pay for gas or put air in a tire... or .... buy a newspaper........??

This is a terrible story... R.I.P.

Since: Feb 07

moodus, CT

#20 Jul 5, 2007
How heartbreaking. My deepest sympathies to the families. Such a sad,sad accident.Tragic. God Bless.

“What is this world coming too”

Since: Feb 07

Bridgeport, CT

#21 Jul 5, 2007
I know I have left my son in the car to pay for gas. Seriusly i think there is two gas stations around my way that pump gas still. Everyone else is self serve. Should I take my son out of the car to pay for gas and pump it. I don't think she stepped far off from her van. If she was getting out and walking around the building then okay I hear people on the take the children out of the car. But it sounds as if she stepped out and had her back turned to the van and was asking directions and obviously not too far off or she wouldn't have caught up to the van to jump in. Once that van picked up momentum going down that hill she wouldn't have caught up so I am sure she wasn't no farther then going to pay for gas at the gas station.
mike hawk

United States

#22 Jul 5, 2007
An entire family devastated in the blink of an eye...

So if you think you had a crappy day, this will put it in perspective.

A real tragedy.

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