Reckless Speeding Blamed For Deaths

Reckless Speeding Blamed For Deaths

There are 167 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 9, 2008, titled Reckless Speeding Blamed For Deaths. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Worried about reaching home before her 11:30 p.m. curfew, 16-year-old Alyssa Roy of Farmington sent a text message from the back seat of Sean Landry's car to let a friend know where she was: " Terryville going ...

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Terryville Friend

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#187 Feb 23, 2008
You people honestly have no mercy. Do you not think that Sean's parents and sister and family are suffering enough? How many of you can say that you have never gotten pulled over for anything, in an accident,drank and drove, or known someone in an accident?
Sean was not a creep or an idiot he was with kids his own age, who voluntarily got into his car, also knowing how he drove.
His parents did not hand him cars, he was not some spoiled brat who was praised for getting out of court with his license. He was an average boy, he was 18 years old so changing the law would have not changed a thing, he was a friend, a son, a brother, to so many. His parents are having a hard enough time dealing with this situation without all of your smart a** comments about how they raised their child.
If this was your child I bet your reactions would differ completely.

“I live by what I say.”

Since: Feb 08

The Ville

#188 Feb 25, 2008
Terryville Friend wrote:
You people honestly have no mercy. Do you not think that Sean's parents and sister and family are suffering enough? How many of you can say that you have never gotten pulled over for anything, in an accident,drank and drove, or known someone in an accident?
Sean was not a creep or an idiot he was with kids his own age, who voluntarily got into his car, also knowing how he drove.
His parents did not hand him cars, he was not some spoiled brat who was praised for getting out of court with his license. He was an average boy, he was 18 years old so changing the law would have not changed a thing, he was a friend, a son, a brother, to so many. His parents are having a hard enough time dealing with this situation without all of your smart a** comments about how they raised their child.
If this was your child I bet your reactions would differ completely.
You are right his family is mourning...
What i would like to know from everybody who is posting, reading, or even thiniking about what to say is, Write what you will but remember that ALL of the families are probly reading this in one form or another and by YOU people bashing Sean is not OKAY......
The parents of the other teens have every right to be mad upset and whatever they feel but unless you or someone you know was in that car or the other car then be wise with what you say because by you replying and bashing people you should feel so small.....
I was at the accident and i truly give my regards to ALL of the families even Sean's because he made the worst mistake of his life and regretfully he took three other people with him and injured 3 others and it makes me thank god everyday that my mother was not going a little faster (not that she was speeding) because if she had then Sean would have hit my mother's car... It's things like that that makes have very mixed feelings about the accident and i want all of you to know that.
Regardless of what think it right in the world know this life is your gift from a higher power do what you will with it but do not let hate overbear your person.
Not ALL his fault

Lancaster, PA

#189 Mar 10, 2008
no one forced the kids in the car. if your friend had a bad driving record would you get in the car? some of you seem to be forgetting that kids will be kids! this will serve as an warning to all teens. there is hardly anyone that at the age of 19 was always careful and thinking about what could happen. EVERYONE ALWAYS WAITS TILL SOMEONE ELES SCREWS UP AND THEN POINT FINGERS. DO YOURSELF AND EVERYONE ELES A FAVOR TAKE AND REMEMBER THIS NEXT TIME YOU ARE LATE AND WANT TO GO THAT 5 EXTRA MILES OVER THE SPEED LIMIT. BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHO IS WATCHING AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN. SO NEXT TIME YOU HAVE THE URGE TO SPEED REMEMBER SEAN!
jman

Terryville, CT

#190 Mar 25, 2008
u cant say that because then the people just learning are going to be experimenting with alchol so dont u think thay should no how to drive first
Retired-Cop wrote:
New law: must be 18 to operate a motor vehicle. Any questions, view above photo.
Bristol Mom

Bristol, CT

#191 Apr 3, 2008
Such a sad story. My sympathy to all involved. I just want to add that I am a parent of a 16 yr. old student driver (as are most of his friends). While driving with him at the wheel, we have encountered MANY aggressive drivers that tail-gate as he is trying to drive the speed limit--thanks to the red suv on rte.6 that laid on his horn when my son stopped at a light turned yellow, then flipped us off (with another blare of the horn) as we turned left onto our street. I told him to just ignore those people and let them wait. I also saw a long line of traffic right on the back bumper of a marked student driver as he was trying to stay at 25 mph in front of southside school. PLEASE PLEASE SET A GOOD EXAMPLE. These kids are feeling pressure from other drivers to go faster. I hate tail-gaters and most often they are adults.
Bristol Mom

Bristol, CT

#192 Apr 3, 2008
I also disagree with rigid curfews. I told my older children when they were teens to NEVER put themselves in danger to get home on time. I would rather have them home 15 or 20 minutes late or to call and let us know that they are on the way. Of course they were ALWAYS 15 or 20 minutes late and called often but it seems to have worked. I do the same now. Also, we have a no questions asked policy for calling for a ride at any time. Again, my sympathies to all and let's learn from this. God Bless.
Bristol Mom

Bristol, CT

#193 Apr 3, 2008
TopNotch Atty wrote:
Any behavior can be corrected by the parents if they actually gave a damn to put time into their children.
If Seans Parents are reading these. "Its your fault!"
Oh my God. How could you write that? I hope you are perfect the way you judge others. They will never be the same again. Please, to all the parents--don't judge yourself. It was not your fault. Teen-agers are reckless. Let's hope others learn from this and God bless.

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