Wethersfield Teen Dies In Crash -- Courant.com

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A Wethersfield teen was killed Saturday night when the car he was riding in struck a tree and rolled over.
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Mike Hawk

Sandy Hook, CT

#1 Aug 20, 2007
Another needless tragedy. Two high school friends, friends no more. How many teens have died this summer alone? How many more will it take for them to realize that when driving too fast, not paying attention and not simply following the rules of the road that they ARE going to die and leave behind many friends and relatives who will be distraught over their senseless passing.

Slow down and get there a minute or two later instead of in a body bag.
MIMI417

Hartford, CT

#2 Aug 20, 2007
Mike Hawk wrote:
Another needless tragedy. Two high school friends, friends no more. How many teens have died this summer alone? How many more will it take for them to realize that when driving too fast, not paying attention and not simply following the rules of the road that they ARE going to die and leave behind many friends and relatives who will be distraught over their senseless passing.
Slow down and get there a minute or two later instead of in a body bag.
Well said. Young lives just taken for no good reason. Better to get there safe(late) than sorry.
John

Hamden, CT

#3 Aug 20, 2007
Why do parents buy, or allow their kids to buy and drive SUV's? I will never understand why. A 4 door Honda or Nissan will suffice with less chances of a roll over.
CTMandD

Hartford, CT

#4 Aug 20, 2007
John wrote:
Why do parents buy, or allow their kids to buy and drive SUV's? I will never understand why. A 4 door Honda or Nissan will suffice with less chances of a roll over.
It's not about the car you drive, it's about the WAY you drive. Reckless driving causes tragedies - regardless of the make and model of your automobile.

Since: Mar 07

milford

#5 Aug 20, 2007
18 yr old kids are going to drive fast and reckless until the end of time.its too bad some of them have to get killed along the way
Broad Street Greenee

Oxford, CT

#6 Aug 20, 2007
Matthew and Mom--I do not know you very well, but have seen you every so often in the morning on the way to school.

Mom, may God bless you and Matthew and comfort you in your time of great sorrow and loss.

You are in our prayers....

A neighbor

Since: Jan 07

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#7 Aug 20, 2007
My heart goes out to this family. A tragedy like this could never be recovered from. May we all hug our children a little closer today.
Friend

Wethersfield, CT

#8 Aug 20, 2007
Matt and Justin are both amazing kids and accidents happen, and yes this one was just tragic but the last thing people should be doing is pointing fingers and blaming anyone. It doesnt matter how fast they were going or who got them what car the fact is my friend is dead. Yeah we all learned a lot of lessons from this but instead of wasting energy on the bad aspects of it use the energy to pray for matt for his family and all his friends. We all need as much prayer and support we can get.
Parent

Newington, CT

#9 Aug 21, 2007
ITs amazing how people think someone was driving fast or reckless because they are 18 years old... I am much older than 18 and i drive fast, and some may think I drive reckless. The fact is accidents happen and these two families lives have been altered and a mjor way. I do not believe this to be you cannot recover from something like this... These families and those involved need to hear positive feedback not that they cannot recover or they are to blame for how they drive or what they drive. Not one of you or I know the circumstances as to what happened. So think before you write stuff like this as some of you here are being reckless in your thoughts...
Barbara J Ruhe

Lebanon, CT

#10 Aug 21, 2007
It made sense to post the notice posted on the Wethersfield High School site about help available for those struggling with Matt Crane's death. All of our young people need to know that as adults in this community we will walk with them and stand by them as they grieve for we too grieve. For many of our young people this is their first encounter with tragedy and death--it never gets easier, but one does learn. One learns that there is strength in community-- for when one is at their lowest the person standing beside you will be strong and when the person standing beside you is low it will be your turn to be strong. One learns how very frail this thing called life is. One learns that life does go on. One learns that those who have gone before live in our rememberance of them. So reach out, don't be afraid to cry and seek the resources offered.
The Wethersfield Public School District extends their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Matt Crane, a 2007 graduate of Wethersfield High School, who passed away suddenly on Saturday evening. Staff will be available at WHS during business hours for any student, staff, or community member who would like to avail themselves of support services.
jennifer

Wethersfield, CT

#11 Aug 21, 2007
Heres a good place to show your support

http://matthew-crane.gonetoosoon.co.uk/
MIMI417

United States

#12 Aug 21, 2007
Parent wrote:
ITs amazing how people think someone was driving fast or reckless because they are 18 years old... I am much older than 18 and i drive fast, and some may think I drive reckless. The fact is accidents happen and these two families lives have been altered and a mjor way. I do not believe this to be you cannot recover from something like this... These families and those involved need to hear positive feedback not that they cannot recover or they are to blame for how they drive or what they drive. Not one of you or I know the circumstances as to what happened. So think before you write stuff like this as some of you here are being reckless in your thoughts...
No one is putting blame on anyone. Accidents do happen whether or not people are driving fast...but a lot of the times, accidents are more prone to happen through people driving too quickly or recklessly. This is a sad thing that happened and I am praying for all the families of those involved as well as praying for the protection of my own family. Don't misconstrue what I wrote. By no means did I say that they were speeding as I do not know but many of those teenage accidents happen to have something to do with reckless driving.
Mike Hawk

Sandy Hook, CT

#15 Aug 22, 2007
KDKA wrote:
WE NEED TO QUADRUPLE THE GAS TAX AT LEAST.
AND INVEST IN MASS TRANSIT.
DEATH TO THE AUTOMOBILE.
Don't be ridiculous and try and speak of things of which you obviously know nothing about.
Are you going to have "mass transit" in every little town in Conn.?
As for quadrupling the gas tax this shows your understanding of economics.
Karl

United States

#16 Aug 22, 2007
Mike Hawk wrote:
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Don't be ridiculous and try and speak of things of which you obviously know nothing about.
Are you going to have "mass transit" in every little town in Conn.?
As for quadrupling the gas tax this shows your understanding of economics.
I know a lot about car drivers, I see them everyday killing themselves and each others, even killing pedestrians and bicyclists.

Simple economics would mean raising the gas tax=less drivers and cars on the road, which means a safer Conn.
Mike Hawk

Sandy Hook, CT

#17 Aug 22, 2007
Karl wrote:
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I know a lot about car drivers, I see them everyday killing themselves and each others, even killing pedestrians and bicyclists.
Simple economics would mean raising the gas tax=less drivers and cars on the road, which means a safer Conn.
Well then, Karl, why don't we just ban cars altogether? Would that make you feel safer?
BTW, all raising the gas tax, which is one of the highest, if not THE highest in the country would only generate more money for the state, it would not reduce the number of cars on the road. Do you see a lot less traffic since gas went over $3 a gallon? I don't.
All increased gas prices are going to do for you is make everything else you buy more expensive as manufacturers and vendors pass the higher fuel costs along to the consumer.
Parent

Newington, CT

#18 Aug 24, 2007
Right on Mike, this guy is obviously not in tune with real life. How did he turn such a tragedy into making money for the stat. You ar right gas is over $3 a gallon and I see more cars on the road now than ever. What would really help if you think drivers are not safe is, mandatory safety courses and continued drivers ed classes throughout our lives. I am not talking about some fly by night driving school that just want to make money and get enrollment based on a pass rate. I am talking madatory classes followed by mandatory testing. Especially for the young and elder... Now that would increase driver education as well as jobs in the state and would ultimately lead to safer streets in Ct. Of course that does not take into accoutn all of the out of state drivers and illegal drivers on the roads, that is a whole other issue.
Karl Bengtrao

United States

#19 Aug 24, 2007
What we really need to do is making driving so expensive that traffic is cut down and people start using mass transit.
Mike Hawk

Sandy Hook, CT

#20 Aug 24, 2007
Parent wrote:
Right on Mike, this guy is obviously not in tune with real life. How did he turn such a tragedy into making money for the stat. You ar right gas is over $3 a gallon and I see more cars on the road now than ever. What would really help if you think drivers are not safe is, mandatory safety courses and continued drivers ed classes throughout our lives. I am not talking about some fly by night driving school that just want to make money and get enrollment based on a pass rate. I am talking madatory classes followed by mandatory testing. Especially for the young and elder... Now that would increase driver education as well as jobs in the state and would ultimately lead to safer streets in Ct. Of course that does not take into accoutn all of the out of state drivers and illegal drivers on the roads, that is a whole other issue.
You have a couple of good ideas there regarding continued driver ed and testing. I think a big part of the problem also lies with local police departments who are for the most part being reactive to a situation vs. proactive. This is typically true in larger cities where the cops are pretty much always rolling on a call and don't pull other cars over for driving offenses. In smaller towns, the police are usually looking for something to do and a simple roll through a stop sign will elicit some flashing lights. But in general, the police need to step up enforcement and get these kids with bad driving habits identified and off the road and headed for the type of re-education that you spoke of.
Drew

United States

#21 Aug 24, 2007
Karl wrote:
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I know a lot about car drivers, I see them everyday killing themselves and each others, even killing pedestrians and bicyclists.
Simple economics would mean raising the gas tax=less drivers and cars on the road, which means a safer Conn.
People on bicycles I notice for the most part do NOT obey traffic signals. They do not stop at stop signs or red lights, and sometimes when riding in the road they're traveling against traffic which you're supposed to travel with Traffic. I almost hit a cyclist once at night when I was making a left turn at a green light. She did not obey the red light traffic signal and was on the wrong side of the road.
Grassy Knoll

Stratford, CT

#22 Aug 27, 2007
Karl Bengtrao wrote:
What we really need to do is making driving so expensive that traffic is cut down and people start using mass transit.
Good. That will drive up the cost of food and every other item that we consume, causing economic hardship for everyone. Brilliant!

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