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Oxford Girl Cut From Car, Doing OK

Firefighters extricate local teen who recently got her license.

An Oxford teenager escaped relatively unharmed after being involved a serious one-car accident on Riggs Street late Thursday night.

At 11:20 p.m., members of the cut the roof off of a 2000 Mercury Cougar to extricate the driver, Rachel McGill, 17, who driving southbound on Riggs Street when she lost control of the vehicle on a wet roadway around a corner in front of 67 Riggs St., according to a police report. The car which was driven by McGill struck a rock wall on the right side of the street, spun out of control and collided with a tree abutting the wall, the report states. The Cougar came to an “uncontrolled stop on top of the rock wall,” according to the report.

When firefighters arrived, they found McGill, the only person in the car, pinned between the roof and the steering wheel, Fire Chief Scott Pelletier said. They carefully cut the roof off and took McGill out of the vehicle within 12 minutes, he said.

transported McGill to Waterbury Hospital to be treated for back pain and for observation, the report states. Police said Friday that McGill had been released from the hospital and was doing fine.

The car was totaled in the accident, and McGill, whom police said recently got her license, was cited for traveling too fast for conditions. The investigation is closed, police said.

Rachel January 17, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Thank you Oxford I'm only 17 years old. I'm pretty sure this information is confidential, and putting my current address in was unesesary. I was blinded by an on coming car that was taking up more than his side of the road, and never stopped. So once again thank you for not even getting the story right.
commoner January 17, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Rachel, Being a NEW driver at 17 years old you are lucky to be alive. You have to drive defencivily 24/7 no matter how your friends drive or what they say about your driving skills. If you were killed your friends would only miss you for 2 weeks than forget about you, but your parents would greeve the rest of their lives. As long as you will be driving you always have to be on the lookout for other drivers every time you get in a car behind the wheel day or night. Slow down, Think and NO distractions while driving and you just may get a chance to live a long life. The car didn't get on top of the wall by itself.
Ed Rowland January 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Rachel,Be thankful you are alive and that Oxford has the Emergency Responders that we have.Your family would have been devastated if you died.Think about it for a while when you are sitting down with your family tonight.When you get a chance look online for a letter that Dear Abby recieved some years back.It is titjed ''Please God,I am only 17"It is about the loss of o young life.I read it many years ago.It still has an impact on me to this day.
John M. Joy January 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM
You are a licenced driver, operating on a public way, who committed (says the police - and you can dispute via the instructions on your ticket) a moving violation. So no, it's not confidential.
Keith D. Nelsen January 18, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Rachel we all make mistakes. God knows my parents went through hell when I first started driving. All of the folks responding above do have your best interest at heart. As a member of the OFD I think I can speak for all our members who all cringe every time we get a call for an MVA. As we proceed to the scene we get updates from dispatch which helps us to prepare and many times a sigh of relief is expressed if it is nothing more than a minor event with no injuries. Other times it is different and those calls stay with you. I had one in particular where a young woman a little older than you died late at night. I sat there in a ditch next to her thinking about how I wish we could back up the clock and recreate the last 15 minutes. I thought of her parents that have no clue about what just happened and in a few minutes their lives will never be the same. You've been given a second chance. Use it well and heed their advice. Seat belts, airbags and common sense. Oh and a hint...never look at the on coming car. Look to the line to the right or the edge of the road and hug it tight. Good luck and hopefully we will meet again but in better circumstances. Keith D. Nelsen - Oxford Fire Department - Training and Safety
Craig Zac January 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Rachel, I know how the press can screw up the facts of a story. But everyone knows (or at least should) you cant believe everything you read. That said, Why they printed your address is kind of questionable... I agree. I too have been blinded by some of these moronic drivers who dont turn off their high beams when they are coming at you on the road, or even coming up behind you. for some reason (stupidity, ignorance, just plain not giving two s***s, what ever, they feel they are justified in useing them to see... maybe if they slowed down a little they wouldnt need them and yes, I think we can all agree that these winding, narrow roads coupled with speeding, especially at night can make for alot of crashes and near hits. Just... Be carefull out there, remember, you need to watch not only what youre doing but what the other drivers are doing now, some folks drive around like zombies. Going nowhere but going there fast.
Paul Singley January 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
And Craig: You should know that none of this was "made up, embellished, etc." It's simply a report that was filed at the police department. Also, the police report says nothing about another driver and says that the case is closed. Do I doubt there was another driver? Not at all. I'm just saying it was not part of the report. Again, the important thing here is that this girl is OK. I wish her all the best.
Paul Singley January 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Rachel: I agree completely with what Mr. Nelsen said. From what I gather, you are a very nice girl who was in a bad situation. I, too, was in a car accident when I was about your age. And, thankfully, both of us are here to discuss this. I'm glad you are OK. This information, including your address, is simply what is provided to the public - it's posted at the Resident Trooper's Office for all to see, like it is in all towns, and it's online through both the DMV and Justice Department websites. All of that stuff has the same information, as is evident by the other news reports that show this same information, including your address. That said, did I absolutely need to put your address? Probably not but I didn't think it was an issue since you are not considered, by law, to be a victim in this case (though I don't doubt there was someone else who drove you off the road, it happens to me on these narrow roads frequently). So if I could take that back I would - (I have now deleted it). But again, as an FYI, that is part of the public record. In any case, I don't think anybody who reads this thinks less of you. They think you are a young driver who was in a bad situation and thankfully is OK. I wish you well in the future and hope this is the worst situation you will face. - Paul Singley, Oxford Patch editor
John M. Joy January 20, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Hi. And no, I won't. The fact remains that, if one is exercising the privilege of driving - sending a multi-ton steel contraption down a public street at a significant rate of speed - it doesn't matter if you're under eighteen or not, the rules of the road, along with the laws of physics, still apply, and do so regardless of your personal feelings. You are the operator of a motor vehicle. Driving is a SIGNIFICANT responsibility, and, following a serious accident requiring extrication, that your reaction to a story about it in the Patch is to whine about a lack of confidentiality (where none is warranted) is, frankly, astonishing. I am well aware of who your parents are. I feel badly about the situation regarding the restaurant, but fail to see how that has any bearing on the matter at hand, nor do I understand what anyone's credit card numbers have to do with it. (Paul: did someone post credit card numbers here?) It should be noted that YOU were the first to post to this story, on Tuesday, January 17. I'm not a lawyer (nor do I play one on TV), but word of advice: posting comments to an Internet forum on a subject which is, by definition, a legal matter is probably unwise.
Paul Singley January 21, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Rachel if you want to repost your comment without using the curse words, please do. Also, we don't decide whose name gets released, the police do.
Paul Singley January 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I've heard nothing about credit card numbers being posted. Rachel, were you talking about this site or somewhere else? In any case, Rachel, again - I'm glad you are OK.
Kathy January 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM
She is referring to an article dated November 17 2010 none of her peers names or addresses were released.
John M. Joy January 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Um, which story was that now?
John M. Joy January 21, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Oh, wait - do you mean THIS one (excerpt from the November 18, 2010 issue of the Waterbury Republican-American): Passenger hurt when teen driver crashes into pole in Oxford OXFORD -- A 16-year-old Oxford High School student crashed into a utility pole Wednesday on O'Neill Road, sending two other students to Saint Mary's Hospital, state police said. The driver, Erik Fritz, of 617 Chestnut Tree Hill Road, wasn't injured, Resident Trooper Sgt. Daniel Semosky said. Fritz had three passengers, two of whom Jacqueline L. Franklin, 16, of 20 Pine St., and Ashley J. Sabella, 17, of 104 Dorman Road were taken to the hospital, police said. Franklin was taken for evaluation, and Sabella suffered a left leg injury, police said.
Kathy January 21, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Exactly the point John! Oxford Patch never mentioned their names! Thank you
John M. Joy January 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Well, I suppose you could say it did now!
Paul Singley January 21, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Nov. 17, 2010, was exactly one day after we launched the website. Therefore - and I don't remember for sure at this point - I'm going to say I couldn't get information from police at that point as they had no idea who I was or what Patch was at that point. Believe me, it had nothing to do with their ages, just like numerous other articles that mention teenagers in accidents by name, age and address have nothing to with that. We run what the police give us to run. They have a press log book. If they redacted the name and age, we wouldn't run it. Since they don't redact the names, the press runs them. I would like to put this behind us. The girl is OK, which is what is important. In the future, I will reconsider the use of addresses, but I remember specifically that I and the other publications locally used an address for a teenager involved in an accident a few days before this one was written.
JYD January 21, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Paul - You have nothing to apologize for, and there's no reason to change your very fair procedures. Like everyone else, I'm glad the driver is okay, and that her loss of control didn't injure or kill someone else.
Paul January 24, 2012 at 02:43 AM
ok after all that......lets see a 25 mile per hour speed limit.....its dark and damp....so now if you are a somewhat safe driver on this winding road,your speed on a corner should be 20. ok say 25 then...tell me how a car at that speed gets "cut off" hits a tree then lands on top of a stone wall and the driver needs to escape by having the roof removed???????? the speed i estimate was 35-40 when control was lost. i have been an accident investigator my whole life. listen to what the people are saying...YOU ARE fortunate enough to learn from this mistake...making up a story sounds so ridiculous...just move on from here and slow down....you may not be so lucky next time..... Paul
Rachel McGill January 25, 2012 at 03:16 AM
hey everyone, honestly your right i understand everything that your saying, but did you no i pleaded not guilty for my speeding ticket? I'm not here to fight anyone or cause conflict, and john once again you've failed to understand that i am under the age but ive seem to have made my point there. And you deleted the second post why? oh right because kathy was right. thank you by the way. thank you for your concerns Paul i am very lucky and will have to pay more attention next time to the people around me. I'm done posting after this because i'm not wasting my time or looking for a fight because its not worth the aggravation. also I'm pretty aware of the road rules and would love it if maybe we grew up a little and didn't talk to me like i was 5. once agian thank you oxford pd, oxford fire department, and the E.M.Ts you guys were awsome! peace
Paul Singley January 25, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Hey Rachel. I will give you the last word from the public on this. I'm shutting down comments on this article since some are off topic. FYI: nobody is trying to talk to you like you are five (I know that's hard to believe when you are 17). But when you get older (I know I sound old - gonna be 31 in a couple weeks), you will understand that we all realize how different life was and how differently we viewed the world when we were teenagers. I'm glad I made it out OK, though many of my friends did not. I'm happy you ended this conversation on a pretty high note. Best of luck in the future - I sincerely mean that. - Paul

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