Braintree Youth Killed, Three Others Hurt In Accident

Front Page / Sep. 15, 2005 12:00am EDT

Braintree Youth Killed, Three Others Hurt In Accident

Braintree Youth Killed, Three Others Hurt In Accident

Randolph-area teenager was killed and three others injured Sunday evening when their car—traveling at an extremely high speed—hurtled down a wooded embankment off Brookfield’s Ridge Road.

State police said this week that passenger Kyle R. Garrow, 16, of Braintree, was ejected from the car by the force of the impact and instantly killed.

Driver Teddy J. (TJ) Gilman, 17, of Randolph, was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Sunday night with a collapsed lung and internal injuries, police said. Gilman’s condition was upgraded to satisfactory Monday, and he was released by midday.

Two other passengers, 15-year-old Jeremey P. Johnston and 16-year-old Mikel E. Brady II, both of Randolph, were taken by ambulance to Gifford Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. They were released later Sunday night.

Tpr. Gary Salvatore, one of five state police officers responding to the crash, said Monday said it appeared that only Gilman had been using his seatbelt.

According to a police report, Gilman was driving a 1995 Volkswagen Jetta GL north on Ridge Road when he lost control of the car at about 5:30 p.m.

The car left the right side of the road in a curve, just a few hundred feet south of the intersection with Route 65.

The Jetta landed on its roof in a wooded area about 25 feet off the paved town road.

Tpr. Salvatore said Monday that excessive speed was clearly a factor in the crash, but that "no actual number" had yet been established. Witnesses saw the car speeding by, and then heard the crash, he said.

It appears, "at this point," that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, Tpr. Salvatore added.

White River Valley Ambulance arrived on scene to find all four of the car’s occupants out of the car, and two of them able to walk, reported WRVA Administrator Amy Estey. Garrow was pronounced dead at the scene.

Estey noted that the DHART helicopter was put on alert while WRVA’s two ambulances and rescue truck were en route to the accident. The Brookfield Fire Department assisted, and First Branch Ambulance was on scene as well.

Tpr. Salvatore said this week that emergency personnel and police remained at the site for about five hours. An investigation into the crash continues, he said, and charges may be filed.

Friends and Family Struggle

This week family, friends, and co-workers struggled to understand how 16-year-old Kyle Garrow—described as good-humored, lovable, bright, and responsible—could suddenly be gone.

Danny Sanz, production supervisor of LED Dynamics in Randolph, spoke eloquently on Tuesday of the teen, who started working at the Hull Street firm in May. The teen worked alongside his dad, Bob Garrow, who has worked at LED Dynamics for the past year.

Kyle, "a smart, independent, and quick learner," easily fit into LED’s small team of workers, Sanz said. The teen worked half-time during the summer, and a couple hours a day during the school year.

LED Dynamics "builds the products that power LEDs" (light-emitting diodes) and the 16-year-old Garrow proved to be adept at assembling the company’s "pretty highly specialized gadgets," Sanz noted.

"It never ceased to amaze me, the quality of his work and the pride he put into his work," Sanz said.

Sanz was also impressed by the Garrows’ father-and-son relationship.

The elder Garrow encouraged his son to work, Sanz said, because he wanted him "to be responsible, to grow as an individual."

Kyle, for his part, "understood the value of his work, and that if he wanted to drive, he needed a job to pay for insurance, and gas, and all that stuff," Sanz added.

"He totally knew how to have a good time—he could joke around with the rest of us here—but he was a capable, responsible kid."

Bob Garrow of Braintree, and Kyle’s mother, Linda Spooner of Randolph, both said this week they wanted an opportunity to try to put some words together about their son, though it was clearly difficult for them.

Kyle initially resisted moving to Vermont, four years ago, but once he got here, he found he loved the countryside, his mother said.

Snowboarding, which he took up "the minute he got down here," turned into a major interest, Spooner added.

"He was a lovable kid," Linda Spooner said of her son. "He was always joking."

Sixteen years of wanting only good things for one’s child doesn’t stop overnight. Spooner sobbed out her wishes for her son: "I hope he is happy and resting peacefully, and I love him so very much. He was my life."w

Kyle loved to drive—his car, his snowmobile, and his four-wheeler, his father said this week.

"He loved the outdoors, and he had to be on the go all the time," the elder Garrow said. "He loved it in Vermont—he had a lot of friends."

Kyle Garrow, in his junior year in Randolph Union High School, had just started the business management program at Randolph Technical Career Center this year.

RUHS Principal John Holmes said he met with his staff met before school, early Monday, and then met with students, shortly after the school day began.

He provided students, grades 7-12, with the facts, as he knew them from state police.

There were cards for students to sign, and the day’s schedule was altered so that students, as they needed, could spend time in the auditorium, to talk with friends, or counselors, or just to be quiet, Holmes, said.

Holmes noted on Tuesday morning that other students involved in the accident had not yet returned to classes, but that he had heard that friends had already been by to visit them.

"We stand ready to help them back, whenever they’re ready," he said.

By Sandy Cooch

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