Police say driver in fatal crash trie...

Police say driver in fatal crash tried to leave scene

There are 113 comments on the Milford Daily News story from Oct 16, 2006, titled Police say driver in fatal crash tried to leave scene. In it, Milford Daily News reports that:

Police said Brian F. Harland was drunk when his pickup truck, traveling about 100 mph, crashed into a car driven by Paul J. Rudeen around 10 p.m. Rudeen, 21, of Framingham was pronounced dead at the scene.

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East Longmeadow, MA

#101 Jul 3, 2010
Disagree - Thats all I will say. It can be left for interpretation to whomever reads this. Posted to make MYSELF feel better about one of the previous posts!
Pauls mom

Buzzards Bay, MA

#102 Jul 4, 2010
Please watch Ch 5 Monday July 5 at 11 PM and Tuesday July 6 at 5:30 for a story on drunk driving. There is a very important bill being presented to allow fairness to all involved in a motor vehicle homicide case. If you agree with the bill, please call your local representatives to show your support. Happy Fourth of July to all.
Sharon - Philips Lifeline

Hudson, MA

#103 Jul 6, 2010
Dear Paul's Mom,
I used to work with Paul at Philips Lifeline in Framingham, MA. I was a manager, and I had tried to recruit Paul over to my department as he was an outstanding asset to the company. Two departments actually got into a "war" over Paul (it was all very friendly) but I had personally made him a job offer in my department in a higher position which he had accepted. He stayed within his original department until the day he was supposed to start. That day never happened, and I was stunned by the news. I am a mother of a son and a daughter myself. I had ordered a name plaque for Paul and made sure he had everything he needed, we wanted to keep Paul. When I read this article on Boston.com , everything came flooding back about Paul, I had always wished I could tell his mother how wonderful he was.
My good friend also lost her 21 year old daughter, her one and only child, too soon. I have been right there by her side since Day One throughout the grieving process. She has always wanted even the tiniest of details about people's memories of her daughter. Now that I have been able to contact you via this board, I just have to let you know what an amazing person Paul was to be around.
I had never seen someone so young be so mature and responsible in his work. Paul was brilliant. He also had an extremely charismatic personality. He was fantastic in dealing with other people. There is a reason everybody wanted Paul to be in their department, on their team. He was the best. I remember our interview vividly. It wasn't the boring standard interview. Paul was extremely friendly, upbeat and answered questions honestly. I had also interviewed several people outside of the company, strongly recommended to me by Human Resources, but none of them "clicked". I went against many recommendations from HR of people with a lot more experience, but none of them were even close to what I knew Paul could bring to the team. I just knew that not only would Paul be an amazing addition to the team, I knew he had a great career ahead of him if he wanted it. I am going to go watch Channel 5 right now regarding the story about drunk driving. God Bless, and I am sure you know Paul is always with you.
Warm Regards,
Sharon - Philips Lifeline

Hudson, MA

#104 Jul 6, 2010
I just watched the segment about the Drunk Driving loophole in Massachusetts on Channel 5. I had previously read all of the information about this when I read the article on Boston.com . The head of M.A.D.D. said it best regarding the fact that the drunk drivers have fabulous rights, whereas victims and their families do not. I absolutely support getting rid of this loophole.

Also, I meant to mention that we never met as I was in a car accident a week after Paul. I was driving home from work and got T-boned on Edgehill Road in Framingham by a truck pulling out of a parking lot into traffic. I never returned to Philips Lifeline due to my accident. Please feel free to contact me via this board anytime. When I saw you on television, and saw the images of Paul, I felt so much for you. I am saying prayers for you and that this law is changed immediately. God Bless. Sharon
Pauls mom

Buzzards Bay, MA

#105 Jul 11, 2010
Dear Sharon I'm so sorry its taken me so long to respond. Jennie told me about your response. You brought a true smile and a few tears to me...I remember Paul telling me about his new job that he was supposed to start the following Monday. And he said "I really like my boss too". He was so happy to be moving along....his father and I were so proud.

I also remeber the kids from lifeline telling me about your accident. I am so sorry. I hope things have gotten better for you. I truly appreciate you taking the time to log onto this website to voice your opinion of Paul. We have all lost someone special, someone who could have cared for many and lived his life in public service. It would have suited him. It seems that this job took him out of himself,and found meaning in the assistance of others. Please feel free to contact me personaly, either through Jennie or just stopping by. I would be honored to meet you.

again I must thank all the people and friends of Lifeline who have helped, first Paul and now myself, in this long road of life. I love you guys and would LOVE To hear from you. Talking about Paul makes me feel better....so don't you ever hesitate to call or stop by.

Brockton, MA

#106 Jul 14, 2010
"Law"...it should have been you instead of Paul, because YOUR life is worth NOTHING!! people like you should'nt even be allowed to speak let alone make comments....ditto on the you make me sick comment!

Medford, MA

#107 Jul 15, 2010
Such a shame

Medford, MA

#108 Jul 15, 2010
very sad

Buzzards Bay, MA

#109 Oct 14, 2010
4 years. Feels like 100. I miss you son as much as I did 4 years ago.

Buzzards Bay, MA

#110 Oct 17, 2011
Amazing that it has now been 5 years. It feels like 100 to me.

Buzzards Bay, MA

#111 Sep 15, 2016
ok so he is back in jail what do you think now?

Buzzards Bay, MA

#112 Sep 15, 2016
Chris wrote:
Where should I start. Brian was tried and sentenced. Bad things happen to good people all the time and it will continue to happen. You can hope and prey they won't, but as sure as the sun rises in the morning, bad things happen. As much as it hurts, Brian's about to be finished with his incarceration, and he can carry on with his life. A life that he will have to live with himself and live with what happened that evening. Now you can be mad and angry, but what will that do? Would this young man "Paul" want you to do that? Or would he want people to carry on and forgive? It was an accident, a terrible senseless accident, but it was an accident. There's more than one victim in this story, there's quite a few. Both families are the victims. And both sides have to deal with what happened and what has happened to everyone involved. I bet this Brian would do anything he could to take that night back!! Could we live with ourselves if we had done what Brian had? I'm willing to bet everyone he talks to and comes in contact with tell him, "What happened was a mistake, let it go and carry on" We have to live and let live. We have to forgive, but never forget. We have to think, "What would I do, or how would I feel if it was my child that was driving and had the accident that took the life" Bad things happen to Great People!!!
OK...so he's back in jail. what do you say now?

Buzzards Bay, MA

#113 Sep 27, 2016
Feeling very bad about my anger. I do realize that two families are involved and I just want to apologize to anyone that I have offended.

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