What follows is an edited selection from 20 reader comments that were posted on the Gazette Web site over the weekend in response to the fatal car crash.

My heart goes out to the parents and family of both of these young women.

Karen Bressler


Very sad to hear about Jena this morning. I was her softball coach in Babe Ruth and she was one of the best little peanuts to ever don an A’s uniform. I can still clearly see her running toward third base with a huge grin, knowing she should not have been stealing (learned that from Jackie I am sure). A joy to coach, a good girl I always enjoyed and a good friend to her friends always. Rest in peace hon . . . we will miss you but will think of you often so you will always be here with us. All I can say is God must have needed an angel and he sure knows how to pick ’em. See you again some day. Game ball to you forever and always.

Edward J. Panek

Vineyard Haven

I am deeply saddened for the families of these young ladies. My prayers for strength and comfort are with all of the family members.

Carla Cooper


As the father of two sons from the graduating classes of 2006 and 2008 I cannot begin to comprehend the overwhelming grief Ms. Pothier’s parents must be experiencing or the anguish through which Ms. McCarron’s mother must be going. Every trip to the ER with my sons has been traumatic, but they always returned home. As the high school community, students, faculty and families, gathers this weekend, pause to remember these two young women that we may never forget our own children.

Chris Knowles

Vineyard Haven

I will miss Jena terribly. She trained me on my first day working at the Flying Horses Carousel. She was a great friend, and a great all around person.

Chris Reynolds

Both my wife, Nancy, and I are deeply saddened by this unfortunate accident. Jena’s parents are two of the best people it has been our pleasure to know. Our prayers are with the whole family.

David Pritchard


Terry and David — so, so sorry! Don’t know what else to say. Let your friends wrap their arms around you. With love and sympathy.

Cheryl Holenko

Vineyard Haven

I grew up here and the sadness I feel for you is immense. Losing one of our own children — that is how this community feels. Love and prayers.

Madeline Fisher


Jena, to be writing this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I don’t know where to start or what to say. Every time I think of you I think of the Jena-Lauren days when it was me and you 24/7. David and Terry, I’m so sorry. I loved your daughter and I’m happy to say we were so close, I know it’s hard but hang in. Think of the good times. I’m trying to laugh as much as possible about all the stuff she did. Jena with one n’a. Chicken Grease I will love you and be thinking of you forever.

Kelly! I love you so much and right now I don’t know much but I am hearing good things about you each day, speed this recovery up to come see me. The world is your oyster, babe.

Love you both, and to the families, you’re in my heart and thoughts always.

Lauren Metell

Oak Bluffs

The Pothiers are such an amazing family. I’m more than grateful that I was able to be a part of Jena’s life. I love that I can just look into the sky and see her smile. Please remember to wear your seat belts. Stay strong Terry, David, and D.J. I love you guys!

Andrea Tierney

Vineyard Haven