Monday, June 30, 2014

25 years after Torrington crash, family reflects on death caused by drunk driver and new, tougher laws

By Isaac Avilucea

TORRINGTON >> Twenty-five years later, pain has given way to forgiveness, but sisters Susan Suhanovsky and Honoria Williams still haven’t forgotten the day their father, Herman Marine, died in a horrific two-car accident in Torrington.
About 5 feet 11 inches tall with salt-and-pepper hair, an imposing beard and “smiling eyes,” Marine was set to retire from the Burrville Fire Department July 1 and had purchased a home with his wife, Margaret, in Venice, Florida, in the same retirement community as the couple’s friends, when he was killed by a drunk driver on June 21, 1989.
Last week marked 25 years to the day. Family gathered at Herman’s grave at St. Peter’s Cemetery, as a pastor said words in remembrance.

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