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MERIDEN: Woman Struck, Killed Walking On Route 15

There are 29 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Dec 26, 2008, titled MERIDEN: Woman Struck, Killed Walking On Route 15. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

An 18-year-old woman was struck by three vehicles and killed Wednesday night as she walked in the travel lanes of Route 15.

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pizzaface

Bethany, CT

#1 Dec 26, 2008
It all starts with BAD Connecticut drivers. You people demonstrate the fact that you have no clue what goes on beyond the dashboard. You are inept, unskilled, rude, classless, mannersless and absent minded when behind the wheel of a car. Also, you cannot just walk anywhere in CT. When the terrain is covered with big box stores and strip malls everywhere you look. The Gov. has it wrong. it is NOT truck drivers and teenagers or drivers from MA, NY or NH. All the idiots I see behind the are adults with CT license plates on their vehicles. I am often baffeled when I see/hear that someone was pulled over for drunk driving. How the heck can you tell the difference between a sober CT driver and a drunk one? I have no clue as I am sure the police are. Most people in CT need drivers education and ettiquette lessons. Happy Happy.
Chris

Beacon Falls, CT

#2 Dec 26, 2008
Reading the article, is seems the police are not interested in finding the vehicle responsible for hitting the firl first.

How sad or bad reporting
Pedestrians Bad 2

Rochester, NY

#3 Dec 26, 2008
It is not just about how bad CT drivers are. Pedestrians can be just as bad. It is just as bad in one city or town as it is in another. They do not look before stepping off curbs and walking into the street. I am surprised that no one has called into question as to why this young lady was walking along this particular stretch of road? While the accident is tragic, there doesn't seem to be a lot of questions as to what she was doing in there in the first place.
In The Travel Lane

Rochester, NY

#4 Dec 26, 2008
pizzaface wrote:
It all starts with BAD Connecticut drivers. You people demonstrate the fact that you have no clue what goes on beyond the dashboard. You are inept, unskilled, rude, classless, mannersless and absent minded when behind the wheel of a car. Also, you cannot just walk anywhere in CT. When the terrain is covered with big box stores and strip malls everywhere you look. The Gov. has it wrong. it is NOT truck drivers and teenagers or drivers from MA, NY or NH. All the idiots I see behind the are adults with CT license plates on their vehicles. I am often baffeled when I see/hear that someone was pulled over for drunk driving. How the heck can you tell the difference between a sober CT driver and a drunk one? I have no clue as I am sure the police are. Most people in CT need drivers education and ettiquette lessons. Happy Happy.
How bad can CT drivers be when this woman was walking in the travel lanes?? No the accident shouldn't have happened, that much is true. But if she was walking in the travel lanes on Route 15, that would almost indicate to me she was attempting suicide.
Murray

Meriden, CT

#5 Dec 26, 2008
What was she doing walking on the highway?
ex ct resident

AOL

#6 Dec 26, 2008
In The Travel Lane wrote:
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How bad can CT drivers be when this woman was walking in the travel lanes?? No the accident shouldn't have happened, that much is true. But if she was walking in the travel lanes on Route 15, that would almost indicate to me she was attempting suicide.
How dare you mention the word suicide!!! How mean and plain stupid to imply that! Ignorance on your part. She has a family and friends and you just say something as stupid as that! How would you feel if this was a member of your family? There could be a reason she was walking in the lane! And moreso, the driver who hit her first fled!!!! You make me ill implying like that!
God bless the family and this young woman
Klaus

Cedar Hill, TX

#7 Dec 26, 2008
Murray wrote:
What was she doing walking on the highway?
can you high on drugs, she got what she wanted so be it, next!
ex ct resident

AOL

#8 Dec 26, 2008
Klaus wrote:
<quoted text>can you high on drugs, she got what she wanted so be it, next!
Your just as much as a stupid idiot. Do you people think before you post????
Visitor from FL

Wethersfield, CT

#9 Dec 26, 2008
My family and I came upon this accident a few minutes after it happened. It was very tragic to see this young woman lying in the middle of the road. No one knows the circumstances for her being there. Your many comments about this are rather sad in the fact you are prejudging her, the people who struck her and the police for seemingly not investigating what happened. I'm sure they are still investigating, but this takes time. This is a high speed highway with no lighting and a very dark night. You don't expect to see someone walking in the road, and the driver probably didn't have any time to react. The criminal thing is they didn't stop. I give credit to the other two who did stop and feel so very sorry for them and what they are going through right now.

As far as your comments about CT drivers. They are no better or worse than those from any other state. Trust me, I used to live here. There have been several such accidents in our area this year whereby people just keep driving.

We should all pray for this girl and her family at this very difficult time.

Stop the Madness

United States

#11 Dec 26, 2008
pizzaface wrote:
It all starts with BAD Connecticut drivers. You people demonstrate the fact that you have no clue what goes on beyond the dashboard. You are inept, unskilled, rude, classless, mannersless and absent minded when behind the wheel of a car. Also, you cannot just walk anywhere in CT. When the terrain is covered with big box stores and strip malls everywhere you look. The Gov. has it wrong. it is NOT truck drivers and teenagers or drivers from MA, NY or NH. All the idiots I see behind the are adults with CT license plates on their vehicles. I am often baffeled when I see/hear that someone was pulled over for drunk driving. How the heck can you tell the difference between a sober CT driver and a drunk one? I have no clue as I am sure the police are. Most people in CT need drivers education and ettiquette lessons. Happy Happy.
Who peed on your Cheerios this morning?? You need a trip to MA to change your tune about CT driver's. There are good and bad all over. My heart goes out to the family for their loss during the holiday season.
PoPo

Pembroke, MA

#12 Dec 26, 2008
Easy hero...why was she walking in traffic? Why else would you walk in traffic at night? It's obvious she wanted it over. Stay out of Connecticut genius.
ex ct resident wrote:
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How dare you mention the word suicide!!! How mean and plain stupid to imply that! Ignorance on your part. She has a family and friends and you just say something as stupid as that! How would you feel if this was a member of your family? There could be a reason she was walking in the lane! And moreso, the driver who hit her first fled!!!! You make me ill implying like that!
God bless the family and this young woman
joe

Middletown, CT

#15 Dec 26, 2008
Get a life pizzaface. Open you eyes you fool. There are bad drivers everywhere, not just in CT. Crawl back in your hole (i'm sure it's not in CT) and don't come back.
pizzaface wrote:
It all starts with BAD Connecticut drivers. You people demonstrate the fact that you have no clue what goes on beyond the dashboard. You are inept, unskilled, rude, classless, mannersless and absent minded when behind the wheel of a car. Also, you cannot just walk anywhere in CT. When the terrain is covered with big box stores and strip malls everywhere you look. The Gov. has it wrong. it is NOT truck drivers and teenagers or drivers from MA, NY or NH. All the idiots I see behind the are adults with CT license plates on their vehicles. I am often baffeled when I see/hear that someone was pulled over for drunk driving. How the heck can you tell the difference between a sober CT driver and a drunk one? I have no clue as I am sure the police are. Most people in CT need drivers education and ettiquette lessons. Happy Happy.
CT Driver

Wallingford, CT

#16 Dec 26, 2008
Visitor from FL wrote:
My family and I came upon this accident a few minutes after it happened. It was very tragic to see this young woman lying in the middle of the road. No one knows the circumstances for her being there. Your many comments about this are rather sad in the fact you are prejudging her, the people who struck her and the police for seemingly not investigating what happened. I'm sure they are still investigating, but this takes time. This is a high speed highway with no lighting and a very dark night. You don't expect to see someone walking in the road, and the driver probably didn't have any time to react. The criminal thing is they didn't stop. I give credit to the other two who did stop and feel so very sorry for them and what they are going through right now.
As far as your comments about CT drivers. They are no better or worse than those from any other state. Trust me, I used to live here. There have been several such accidents in our area this year whereby people just keep driving.
We should all pray for this girl and her family at this very difficult time.
Thank you for a sensible and reasonable posting. Whatever reason made her walk in the travel lane, does not change the fact it is still sad she died.

And as far as the comments about CT drivers are concerned (Bad CT Drivers)... I drive on I 91 every day to go to work and believe me, crazy drivers are not all from CT. So, ranting about CT drivers is really a waste of space on this blog and has nothing to do with the article. So, why annoy everyone with your stupid comments?
RIP Melissa Cahill

Greenfield, MA

#17 Dec 26, 2008
OK first of all I just want to say shame on all of you for speaking about her like this. She was a very good friend of mine and Im extremely hurt to think that people would sit here and bash on her. Yes she had family problems and yes it was a suicide. But still there is no need to sit here and say these things. She wasnt on drugs and she had no mental problems. The holidays tend to get to people. and unfortunately it got the best of her. What pisses me off the most is the person who hit her first. How dare you drive off!!! What the hell were you thinking? Have you no common sense or remorse? What if this happened to one of your friends/family?

My deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends.

You will always be in our heats Melissa. We loved you dearly.
wtf123456

Somerville, MA

#18 Dec 26, 2008
Are you kidding me with this comment. She was walking in the middle of the high way!!! Who the does that?!?! She shouldnt have been walking in a travel lane, its almost like she was asking to be hit. Everyone knows not to walk int he middle of a highway with fast moving cars in the dark!!! Its fucked up that the person who initially hit this woman fled the seen, but something like that happens so fast you dont know its coming. Yes some people are idiot drivers but no everyone is an idot and sometimes bad things happen to good people. That girl shouldnt have been there and I feel horrible for those innocent people who had to have their Christmas eve ruined because some girl decided to walk in a travel lane on a highway!!!! She is the idiot!!!!
pizzaface wrote:
It all starts with BAD Connecticut drivers. You people demonstrate the fact that you have no clue what goes on beyond the dashboard. You are inept, unskilled, rude, classless, mannersless and absent minded when behind the wheel of a car. Also, you cannot just walk anywhere in CT. When the terrain is covered with big box stores and strip malls everywhere you look. The Gov. has it wrong. it is NOT truck drivers and teenagers or drivers from MA, NY or NH. All the idiots I see behind the are adults with CT license plates on their vehicles. I am often baffeled when I see/hear that someone was pulled over for drunk driving. How the heck can you tell the difference between a sober CT driver and a drunk one? I have no clue as I am sure the police are. Most people in CT need drivers education and ettiquette lessons. Happy Happy.
Jane

United States

#20 Dec 29, 2008
Do you even understand the point that she was on a highway?! It is truley sad what has happened, but no one expects a pedestrian to be on the highway, so don't rant and whine about "bad drivers" when people just are not where they should be.
pizzaface wrote:
It all starts with BAD Connecticut drivers. You people demonstrate the fact that you have no clue what goes on beyond the dashboard. You are inept, unskilled, rude, classless, mannersless and absent minded when behind the wheel of a car. Also, you cannot just walk anywhere in CT. When the terrain is covered with big box stores and strip malls everywhere you look. The Gov. has it wrong. it is NOT truck drivers and teenagers or drivers from MA, NY or NH. All the idiots I see behind the are adults with CT license plates on their vehicles. I am often baffeled when I see/hear that someone was pulled over for drunk driving. How the heck can you tell the difference between a sober CT driver and a drunk one? I have no clue as I am sure the police are. Most people in CT need drivers education and ettiquette lessons. Happy Happy.
Jane

United States

#21 Dec 29, 2008
Well,I am sorry to say, "suicide" is not a nice term, but may also be unrealistic to ignore that consideration since she was in the middle of the highway! I hope this was not the case and it is very unfortunate and my heart goes out to her family and friends.
ex ct resident wrote:
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How dare you mention the word suicide!!! How mean and plain stupid to imply that! Ignorance on your part. She has a family and friends and you just say something as stupid as that! How would you feel if this was a member of your family? There could be a reason she was walking in the lane! And moreso, the driver who hit her first fled!!!! You make me ill implying like that!
God bless the family and this young woman
Wethersfield CT - MS

AOL

#22 Dec 29, 2008
I agree with Visitor from FL 100%. My family and My family and I also came upon the scene moments after it occurred. It is ridiculous to blame "CT" drivers for the accident. It could have been anyone driving that road at that time of night. No one would expect a person to be walking down a busy highway, much less in the center lane. For one reason or another this woman was and it cost her her life. I just can't comprehend that the first driver did not stop (no matter what state they might have been from). If they had any decency they would come forward, take some responsibility and help to answer some questions.
My heart goes out to Melissa's family and friends.
RIP Melissa

United States

#23 Dec 30, 2008
You were a good friend. I wish people weren't so judgemental on this post.
Paul

United States

#24 Dec 31, 2008
I also came upon this scene perhaps 10 minutes after it happened.
We were traveling north, getting off route 15 and getting on route 91.

I am surprised at the lack of questions.
Please correct me if you are from here, but there is nowhere to go here. If you are crossing the highway at this point, on foot, you are going where, exactly? I thought it was woods on the East side and mass of more highway lanes on the west side.

A few feet south of the victim's body is an overpass. I don't know what road it is. The police were there too. I could look at all this because my wife was driving so I was watching to see what was going on.(We have a strict no-rubbernecking rule in our cars no matter what).
Police were looking around up there with flashlights.
This could be the answer as to what she was doing "crossing the road". Maybe she didn't cross. She could have been walking on the overpass. Is there a sidewalk up there? She could have fallen. Or jumped. But how do you fall? There was no ice, it was about 40 degrees out that night after a very warm day.
Would she have jumped? If so, that's the real tragedy. It's one thing to kill yourself, another to potentially kill others by causing a horrendous accident.
Or was she thrown? Can't rule anything out.

One thing is for sure - that 1st driver should have stopped and the only reason not to is if they were guilty themselves. Perhaps they had been drinking after all?
I hope to find out - this was an awful reminder of our fragile humanity on what was supposed to be a happy night.
I am just glad my wife and kids did not see the body.

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