From the New York Times, Aug. 25:
Head-On Collision in Connecticut Kills 4 Teenagers and Injures 3 Adults
BRISTOL, Conn. — Four teenagers from nearby towns who had met on MySpace never made it home from an evening swim at another friend’s pool on Thursday night. They were killed when the driver of their speeding Subaru sports car lost control and veered into an oncoming car in the opposite lane, according to the police and interviews with young people who knew them.
Based on evidence at the scene, including skid marks, Bristol Police Lt. Thomas Grimaldi said on Friday that Sean Landry, 19, of Plymouth, was probably driving faster than the posted limit of 40 miles an hour near the crest of a steep hill on Route 6, a heavily traveled thoroughfare in this central Connecticut town. Mr. Landry crossed the double yellow line, he said, and struck a westbound 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Thomas Lehman, 67, of Waterbury, then struck a telephone pole before rolling over.
Mr. Landry was killed, along with his passengers, Alyssa Roy and Jordan Gagnon, both 16 and both from Farmington, and Myles Gosselin, 17, of Burlington. Mr. Lehman was treated and released from St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, where his wife, Debra Lehman, 51, remained in the intensive care unit on Friday. Another passenger, Giovanna Tirado, 61, of Los Angeles, was in stable condition at Waterbury Hospital, a nurse said.
“The vehicle was unrecognizable,” Lieutenant Grimaldi said of Mr. Landry’s silver Subaru WRX. “It does appear, just by looking at the damage to the vehicle, the mechanical action, the skid marks, there was an excessive rate of speed.”
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