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Teen kills fellow classmates, drunk behind the wheel

GasBuddy Blog -- A high school graduate from Grand Rapids, Michigan will spend 30 months in prison for driving drunk, killing two of his classmates. In what is perhaps one of the most sobering and depressing drunk driving cases I've ever read, even the victims families asked the judge for leniency in the case.

It all happened just before Memorial Day on May 20, when Takunda Mavima drove a vehicle off I-196 in Grand Rapids, leading to the death of Krysta Howell, 15, and Timothy See, 17. It also injured Dylan Stanaway, 16, Trenton Lambright, and Huy Nguyen, both were 18 and injured in the crash. All were students at Wyoming Park High School outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. "Takunda's not to blame for this. It was a perfect storm. Everything that happened...


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pricewar
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 8:39:13 PM

Yes , we are witnessing a lot of teenage accidents involving drug and alcohol abuse.
I would think by now they would have an intensive drug and alcohol course besides the driving education
class.
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garywa01
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:08:08 AM

Amazing Grace of God
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2012 9:36:59 PM

These teenage accidents are happening all over the country way too many times.
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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2012 1:09:09 PM

very sad
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:08:40 PM

gosh: MAYBE... wouldn't bet on it.
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gosh59
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 3:38:40 PM

ITS A HARD WAY FOR A 18 Y/O TO LEARN BUT 30 MONTHS FROM NOW I BET HE DONT DO IT AGAIN
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:52:17 AM

nobody wins
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 8:33:46 AM

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
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honda0105
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gasspy: some ppl don't care, sadly enough.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 5:55:56 PM

old post.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 4:17:14 PM

yes
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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 2:34:05 PM

Drunk driving is never good for anyone, but two people are dead.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 8:48:59 AM

Why so many in a car being underage?
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 3:40:10 PM

Kids should not drive, especially when they are drunk, how did they ever get the alcohol?????????
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GasSpy007
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:25:49 PM

Drunk driving is what it is.. Nothing to do with "The Perfect Storm" I trust that he is very sorry for what happened, I know I could not live with myself if I took even one life or just injured someone.. BUT all of our actions in life have a re-action and consequences.. We have to pay for our mistakes in one form or another.. I'm not sure if letting him off to just go on his way to College or whatever would be the way to go..
Albeit it is not for us to judge !!
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:23:35 PM

No K.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:19:38 PM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:18:36 PM

Turn him loose and put him on a public speaking tour in lieu of jail time.

This is genuine repentance. This is also genuine forgiveness on the part of the victims' families. In most cases, "Doing The Right Thing" means locking him up for a long time. This case appears to be quite different.

Your Honor, "Do The Right Thing"
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:18:13 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:09:03 PM

In this day there is no excuse for drunk driving. None whatsoever. The punishment needs to be severe. Most drunk drivers do not get hurt themselves but they end up maiming and killing others and destroying other families simply because they are irresponsible or do not care that driving drunk can result in accidents.
Worse than drunk driving are the morons who text and drive.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:07:53 PM

All DUI's need to have a penalty like this, even if someone doesn't get killed.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:06:48 PM

sh!t happens.
you can never fix it by passing laws.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:05:35 PM

Old news but still sad news.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:05:01 PM

To Insightcruzer in Oakland....What makes ytou think he will never again drive drunk? Most drunk drivers are repeat offenders, and if they do not get a severe punishment the first time, they will drive drunk again. I had a neighbor who said that he drives drunk because he "knows" that if caught the punishment will not be harsh.
Non-violent crime?? Did you not read that he killed two people??? if that is a non-violent crime, what is?
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:03:52 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:02:54 PM

30 years for killing someone seems more appropriate...
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:02:29 PM

"Takunda's not to blame for this. It was a perfect storm. Everything that happened, happened, and it's not all on Takunda,"

It was a perfect storm. Everything that happened, happened? WFT is THAT supposed to mean? What the hell is wrong with this guy? Takunda WAS doing the driving, and he WAS drunk so therefor it IS all on him and he IS to blame. I think Mr See is saying this becuase he may have been intimidated by the Takunda family.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:01:43 PM

30 months seems a little light,
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:00:21 PM

Amazing that the relatives of those killed were so forgiving.

Drunk drivers, Texting drivers and all other distracted drivers should have their vehicles confiscated to protect the rest of us serious drivers, our driving families and our driving friends.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 2:00:15 PM

Nobody needs to drink and drive.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:56:07 PM

Give him the chair
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:55:07 PM

The punishment seem to be jail time and hind sight of a “bright student shouldn’t have driven” is not going to help. But maybe, just maybe, since the two families have asked the court not to sentence him to jail, maybe he could have been given the chance to make something of himself and do more again drinking & driving. Maybe in a way allow him to dedicate himself to the cause – or force him to dedicate his life to it; instead of jail!?
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:53:47 PM

no drinking
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:53:16 PM

I agree that in this case incarceration is pointless. it won't address his drinking, and it costs money to house a nonviolent offender who would never again engage in the activity that landed him in court. Rather, for the 30 months he could do public service, attend a rehab and counseling program,
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19Sheldon43: Je suis d'accord. (I agree.)

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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:50:02 PM

30 months is not much of a sentence after killing 2 people and injuring others. This was not a freak unavoidable accident. The guy was driving drunk!
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:48:51 PM

With all the things I did as a teenager, it is a miracle I'm not dead or in jail myself.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:45:28 PM

Boy! how PC can you get. I'm pissed and I don't even know this A@#$H
Takunda Mavima. I can't even phantom all the families this tragedy effects
30 months is a slap on the hand
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:44:16 PM

Driving drunk happens way to often.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:38:30 PM

small price to pay
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:38:02 PM

Drinking and driving is no joke. If you choose to do it, pay the time in jail.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:37:52 PM

This doesn't bring those kids back...
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:37:00 PM

This is another of Yesterdays news / GasBuddy News articles!~!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:36:08 PM

Not good at any age.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:34:27 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:33:32 PM

More drunks need jail time.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:32:19 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:31:27 PM

not a nice situation
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2012 1:29:20 PM

Sad, but I can't get past the idea that a "bright" student drove drunk!
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