The Tanskis and Austin Buckmann

Tom and Chris Tanski, lost their son, Tommy, in a car accident when the driver of the vehicle, Austin Buckmann, right, struck a telephone pole on Old Meadow Plain Road at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2011.  The Tanski's have since forgiven Buckmann, now 19, and befriended him and his family. The couple and Buckmann were photographed in the Tanski's Simsbury home. Austin is holding a photo of Tommy.

( Richard Messina / Hartford Courant / April 1, 2013 )

Tom and Chris Tanski, lost their son, Tommy, in a car accident when the driver of the vehicle, Austin Buckmann, right, struck a telephone pole on Old Meadow Plain Road at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2011. The Tanski's have since forgiven Buckmann, now 19, and befriended him and his family. The couple and Buckmann were photographed in the Tanski's Simsbury home. Austin is holding a photo of Tommy.

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