Compassion Shown In Death By Auto Case

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January 11, 2010

Compassion shown in death-by-auto case

The case of the Wright family of Randolph resembles a Greek tragedy.

Teresa Wright was killed in 1995 when the car she was driving was struck by one operated by an intoxicated man at Dover-Chester Road and Route 10 in Randolph. She was the mother of three.

Her husband, William Wright, responded to the tragedy by lobbying the state Legislature to toughen penalties for death by auto, especially if the driver was drunk. He became a familiar figure at political events, lobbying lawmakers and pressing his point. It worked, legislation that made causing the death of a person by reckless driving a second degree crime was passed late in 1995. In 1997, Wright himself was killed when he was struck by a car while jogging in the same area of Route 10 where his wife was killed two years before. The Wrights' children moved out of state.

Time moves along and memories fade. But then, a news event brings things back into focus. The driver who killed Teresa Wright, Michael Homentosky, has been granted parole and is set to be released from state prison in March after serving 15 years.

The younger sister of Teresa Wright, Lisa Senters, told the Daily Record that she has forgiven Homentosky and that she prays "he can change his life and do really great things." What a truly wonderful way to feel. We admire her compassion.