Fatal Crash Subject of Windsor Police Investigation

The family of 17-year-old Windsor-resident Christopher Torres will receive friends on Tues., Sept. 11. Torres lost his life in an early morning crash on September 7.

Friends and family of Christopher E. Torres are in mourning as they prepare to say goodbye to the 17-year-old Windsor youth, who lost his life in a tragic automobile accident on Sept. 7, according to his obituary.

The early morning crash is under investigation and partially closed a road in Windsor, according to a WFSB report.

According to Torres' obituary, the life-long Windsor resident was a senior at Options in Hartford and "was in the process of enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he planned to serve as an attack helicopter mechanic after graduation."

Torres, Courant.com reports, succumbed to injuries he sustained in the crash when the car he was riding in hit a utility pole.

Torres was accompanied by three juveniles, all of whom fled the scene, and Torres was transported to the hospital after a 911 call from an unknown caller was made, Courant.com's report continues, quoting Windsor Police Chief Kevin Searles as having said the three youths who fled the scene "just got scared and took off."

The Torres family will receive friends Tues., Sept. 11 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Carmon Funeral Home on Bloomfield Avenue. The funeral will be held on Wed., Sept. 12, 10 a.m. at Windsor's Grace Episcopal Church.

Malvi Lennon September 11, 2012 at 01:58 PM
So sad! My heart goes out to the parents and freinds of this young man. As for the three who fled the scene, panic setting in when accident happened is understandable. Even adults have been known to flee the scene of a bad accident. Nevertheless, I encourage you to contact the police. This event will not go away. Your friend is dead, his mother's heart is broken and guilt will eat you alive if you do not do the right thing. If one of you was the driver, contact attorney Corey Brinson in Hartford and arrange contact with the police through him. (No, I do not work for Corey or get any financial benefit for a referral. I just know Corey and I know he cares and tries to help kids).
Richard September 11, 2012 at 06:47 PM
As a Parent I can NOT understand this at all. First of all my condolences to the family for loosing a loved one. But what I do NOT understand is what this young man was doing OUT this late at night. I run a STRICT household. There are rules that all my three kids must follow...Up by 8am weekends, and in the HOUSE no later than 10pm PERIOD. We have become a society that allows our children to get away with things that I NEVER would of dreamed off. I am not saying that the parents are bad. I don't know who was driving, and I don't know who his friends are and I don't know the parents...perhaps it is considered DIFFERENT TIMES but in my eyes NO. I am a parent first and a friend second. As long as they live under my house, and I feed them, cloth them, shelter them, then they obey by my rules. So far they have turned out to be well mannered and polite..
Malvi Lennon September 11, 2012 at 09:34 PM
@Richard: I agree with you. I raised two kids, a son and a daughter both had curfews, both were expected to abide by their carefew, and they never knew if mom, or dad maybe even both would be up and wide awake to welcome them back home.
Jaclyn Farnham September 12, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Seriously!? This family is grieving and this is what you talk about!? This is a different day and age. Look on TV and listen to the lyrics of the songs played on the radio - children are growing up in a society that puts sex and drugs and outrageous risky behavior all over the media and glorifies it. These days, if you spank your child or try to discipline them, YOU could be arrested. As a mom of a 17 year old boy, I can tell you that you can't tie them down. They will go out and be independent. Heck, I did it when I was that age. Can you please NOT blame the parents, but look at the degrading values of society as a whole. And the schools! No tolerance and no traning these days for school personnel, so our boys are being thrown out on the streets by the schools because they can't or won't deal with them. This was a good kid... on a bad night. Obviously, with other kids who were not his friends. There is no excuse for them leaving that scene. What if they could have done something to save the boys life? If the boy didn't die from the impact, if there was a chance he could have lived, they should be charged with negligent homicide.
Derry September 12, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I know the parents personally and KNOW that they are outstanding parents. All three of their children are polite and well behaved. You do not know the circumstances behind any of this, such as why he was out that late, did his parents allow this, and so on. Maybe he was staying at a friends house that night and his parents didn't know he was out that late. Maybe it was out of character for him to even be out that late. YOU do not know. It would have been in better taste to keep your parenting opinions for another time.
Jaclyn Farnham September 12, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Well said. I cry and pray for this family. Thank you for putting ignorance in its place.
Renee September 12, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I agree with Jaclyn and Derry. Richard this is not the time to be criticizing the parents, whom I know and they are good parents! Do you really think that want to read your nonsense about how great a parent you are as they're burying there child. You say this as if nothing like this could ever happen to one of your children because they have curfews and strict rules. Did it ever dawn on you that accidents can occur between your curfew hours? Did you ever wonder if the demands and strict rules you put on your children could cause them added stress causing them to rush and have an accident or worse yet... mess with the mental well being. Perfect example of judging before you know the whole story. May God Bless your children.
Bethany September 12, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I agree with you Derry! If you don't know the circumstances...keep your mouth shut!!!
Malvi Lennon September 12, 2012 at 07:48 PM
One young man lost his life, three others have had their lives forever changed, one family's heart is broken beyond repair; three other sets of parents are sad and afraid. There are no winners only losers.
Auntie September 13, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Richard I was this wonderful young mans aunt . Shame on you for judging others. That is what is wrong with this world we judge individuals without knowing them. I hope no one ever judges you unfairly like you have my nephew and his family. All judging does is hurt people. Bless your heart I hope no one judges you unfairly especially someone who has just died.
Jaclyn Farnham September 13, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Auntie - I'm so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family. I can't imagine what you are going through.
Malvi Lennon September 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM
@Auntie: To say I am sorry for your loss sounds so lame, but I cannot find any words that could express the injustice of this situation or lessen your pain. I pray for you and your family. May you find comfort knowing your nephew is with God - forever living in joy? Maybe knowing of his happiness can somehow sooth your pain. Just my opinion I do not know Richard but I do not think he was passing “judgment” in the way we all understand the word. As a parent, our worst fear is the loss of our child. When such a horrible loss happens to someone else it shows us just how vulnerable we ALL are. I think it is a form of self-protection when we try to “reason” how it happened to another but it cannot happen to me because … (each finished the sentence in the way we find most re-assuring).
Jaclyn Farnham September 13, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I disagree... every single parent of a driving teenager today knows that car accidents are the #1 killer of our children. We KNOW this can happen to us. We are MADD and the media is not getting the message. The laws are slowly changing though and I can tell you that the driver will not be treated as a juvenile if this is a DUI case in CT anymore, especially because it resulted in a death, a 16 or 17 year old driver is an adult in the eyes of the law. He is in big trouble and so this becomes the message and the example - only too late for both boys.
Malvi Lennon September 13, 2012 at 08:45 PM
@Jaclyn: I agree with you - you are talking facts I am referring to emotion - denial runs deep. The laws should change. If the young man driving was intoxicated he should be punished. Bck in 10 the daughter of a legislator was involved in an alcohol related accident which also killed a girl and injured another. The young woman is serving prison time. Yes the laws need to take drinking and driving seriously.
Jaclyn Farnham September 14, 2012 at 06:02 PM
That is the tragedy that opened my eyes, and hopefully a lot of others. The daughter of a legislator is in prison for killing her best friend... it could happen to anyone.


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