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Canton Teen Driver in Critical Condition After Lovely Street Crash [Update 11:22 a.m., Jan. 25

Gary Wright, 16, is being treated at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Avon residents Frank O'Connor, 18, and Michael Follert, 19, were also injured in the crash.

Update, 11:22 a.m., Jan. 25

In case you missed them, you can read the original Wednesday story and the most recent Friday article by clicking on the links provided.

The Department of Motor Vehicles has confirmed that Gary Wright, 16, who was driving the car the night of the one-car Lovely Street accident, did not have a license.

Original Story

The Canton teenage driver who police said crashed his small car into a telephone pole late Wednesday evening is still in critical condition, according to hospital officials.

Gary Wright, 16, was transferred to Connecticut Children's Medical Center after Life Star airlifted him and passenger Michael Follert, 19, of Avon, to Hartford Hospital to be treated for critical injuries. The other passenger, Frank O'Connor, 18, was ejected from the car upon collision and transported to Hartford Hospital in an ambulance, police said.

The car Wright drove – a 1998 Honda Coupe registered to his mother – wrapped around the pole after one side of the vehicle struck it, police said. After the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Squad surveyed the accident, the car – nearly cut in half upon impact– was taken to the town impound lot.

Fire officials confirmed that it took about 45 minutes to extricate Wright from the vehicle.

As of 3:38 p.m., Wright was in critical but stable condition and Follert was in serious but stable condition at Hartford Hospital, police said in a statement. O'Connor has since been released from the hospital with minor injuries.

Both Avon and Canton Patch left messages with the state Department of Motor Vehicles, but the calls were not returned by Thursday evening. The Hartford Courant, NBC Connecticut, WFSB and CBS-owned radios station WTIC NewsTalk 1080 reported that the DMV confirmed Wright had a learner's permit but not a driver's license.

Both of Wright's passengers graduated from Avon High School last year, according to office staff.

The car split in half due to the impact of hitting the pole, according to Avon Police Sgt. David Gannon. Police said it took about 45 minutes to extricate Wright.

One hundred CL&P customers lost power when the small car struck the pole, which has since been restored.

Lovely Street is a busy state road with a 40 mile-per-hour speed limit. The cause of the accident has not been released at this time.

Police said that their records show that there were 10 accidents in 2012 on Lovely Street, none of which resulted in injuries.

However, there was a Roaring Brook School secretary who was injured after another car struck hers head-on along Lovely Street last January soon after she left work. The other driver was airlifted by Life Star to the hospital.

The accident remains under investigation. More information will be provided when it becomes available. To read the original accident story, click on the link provided.

If you have any information on the accident, Avon police requests that you contact the department's routine number at 860-409-4200.

Editor's Note: This article was last updated on Thursday at 7:43 p.m.

POODETWA January 25, 2013 at 12:18 AM
HOPEFULLY, EVERYONE RECOVERS! THE TWO ADULTS SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER! GLAD NO INNOCENT PERSON NOR ANIMAL WAS HURT! FULL MOON OVER AVON!
Kelly January 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM
what 2 adults? Gary's parents?
Kelly January 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM
it was in my front yard, and it wasnt only Gary they had to cut out. It took almost 2 hrs too btw
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Kelly, I'll follow up on that tomorrow to clarify. Initially officials said two and police said this afternoon that only Wright was extricated. Fire officials estimated today that they spent about 45 minutes cutting Wright out of the vehicle. Thanks for sharing that information. Would you be willing to give me a call or email me? I'm interested in interviewing you to find out more information. Jessie.Sawyer@patch.com (860-356-6339). Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
POODETWA January 25, 2013 at 01:12 AM
18 AND 19 YEARS OLD--- HOPE EVERONE GETS WELL. GLAD THEY DIDN'T HURT INNOCENTS. PEOPLE OR ANIMALS... I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEIR TOX RPT..
Patrik January 25, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Gary is a great kid and was a happy kid. I enjoy hanging with him wheb we have the time. Prayers to Gary Patrik
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Patrik. I hope your friend is okay. -Jessie
POODETWA January 25, 2013 at 08:24 AM
I HEAR THE 16 YR. HAD ONLY A LEARNER'S PERMIT. THE 18 AND 19 YEAR ADULTS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. LUCKY THEY DID THIS TO THEMSELVES AND NOT AN INNOCENT PERSON OR ANIMAL. HOPE THEY RECOVER SOON.
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 25, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Why do you feel a need to shout? Let the police sort it out. Why would YOU blame the passengers? Please use your inside voice.
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 25, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Andrew - were you born a perfect person who never did anything wrong? I know the family of one of the kids and knew them before he was born - you assume a lot - but know little.
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 25, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Just saw you on the news. How awful it must have been for you to be there. I am sure it was comforting that you were there. Years ago my brother was almost killed. A woman stopped to help and she and one of his friends sat in the street holding his hand. It affected both of them profoundly. Our family was so grateful for what they did. You must be shaken. Mike is my neighbor and I have known his family since before he was born. Glad you were there for the young men.
Wyatt January 25, 2013 at 02:37 PM
You mean kids that grow up to be nasty and judgmental adults? I know what you mean...far too many of them around who should have learned better from their parents.
Wyatt January 25, 2013 at 02:38 PM
If the Courant is correct that the driver did not have a license, the driver should be held primarily responsible.
Andrew Ziemba January 25, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Oh jeez, you again? Must you troll every single thing I type? Discussion is welcome. Trolling is not. Did you disagree that the breakdown of the family unit is responsible for tragedies like this? Or would you like to pull an Obama and demand that we should make 1,000 new laws to prevent children from crashing their car? And oh, those nasty opinionated young men who philosophize about current events across our country. Yeah, those people, we should ban them from posting on the internet! Isn't that right Wyatt? Man, you people are so pathetic.
simon January 25, 2013 at 03:03 PM
please post a link to his facebook page
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 25, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Andrew - you are always insulting and rude which is possibly a failure on your parents' part? Not going to engage you again. Calling me ignorant and childish is uncalled for. You don't know me at all. Quick to judge others - that's you.
S. O. Fedup January 25, 2013 at 03:17 PM
And then there is Karen who knows little and assumes a lot. You always seem to comment on things you THINK you know a lot about but in reality know nothing about. Who are you to tell someone not to use all caps? Maybe they are elderly or have trouble seeing. If anyone here is judgmental and assumes a lot, it's YOU KAREN J. MOULTON!
simon January 25, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Karen and Andrew: Please get a job. Heard the local McDonalds is hiring late shift sweepers
Wyatt January 25, 2013 at 03:47 PM
@Andrew. 1. Yes, it is me again. Hello to you too. 2. I don't disagree that the breakdown of the family unit is responsible for tragedies like this. I don't know nearly enough about this child or his family to either agree or disagree. I prefer to not jump to conclusions until the facts are known. Further, the breakdown or stability of the family unit is not necessarily dispositive - people are responsible for their own actions and constantly blaming their parents or their families is simply a cop-out. Further, teenage boys are teenage boys - no matter what their family structure is, many tend to be foolish and reckless. 3. I believe in personal responsibility - not passing more laws or blaming one's family for one's mistakes. 4. No, we shouldn't ban nasty people from posting on the Internet. They tend to be amusing. However, we should encourage nasty people to be kinder, nicer and more mature.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Folks, please be respectful of others and refrain from personal attacks in the comments. Any comments violating our terms of service will be removed. Respectfully, Jessie Sawyer Editor, Avon Patch
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Spoke to the DMV this morning. Here's an update. http://patch.com/A-1xzK
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 25, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Guessing you must be a friend of or be COB. Hiding behind a fake name that just joined Patch today to insult me. Hmmm. Happens all the time... try using your real name like those of us not afraid to. But you won't. More fun to be anon. Have fun with your fake new patch name of the day..
POODETWA January 26, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Thank you. I hate typing on laptops so i do caps. rumor is mr. wright dropped out of high school. maybe this explains why he was out at 1030 pm on school night.
Jessie Sawyer (Editor) January 26, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Hey everyone, I just had to remove a couple comments that violated our terms of use and will remove any further ones that do. Please be respectful to each other, those involved in the accident and the families. Thank you!
POODETWA January 26, 2013 at 05:20 AM
HOPEFULLY, HE'LL BE HAPPY AGAIN, AFTER HE RECOVERS.
Upliftyew587 January 27, 2013 at 07:36 AM
Hey I don't care if it was my worst enemy I wouldn't wish this upon noone and the fact that y'all are agrueing about little stupid things two kids in the hospital holding on for dear life and y'all are worried about caps and people being ignorant respect is a reality and respect the living and the injured and Gary is in bad shape my friend told me he was in a coma
POODETWA January 27, 2013 at 03:40 PM
hope he pulls through and the adult does as well.
Donna March 24, 2013 at 05:11 PM
no gary and his friends

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