Takunda Mavima hugged by victims family
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, happened, and it's not all on Takunda," said See, Sr. "Prison's not a place for that kid. College. He's an honor student. How do you rehabilitate an honor student? He made a mistake and sending him to prison would be another mistake." It was learned all the teens had been partying earlier in the evening of May 20, drinking, before Mavima got behind the wheel.
According to local ABC affiliate WZZM13, the sister and brother of Tim See urged Judge Jim Redford to impose no prison time for Mavima, saying it would do no good.
"I am begging you to let Takunda make something of himself in the real world-- don't send him to prison and get hard and bitter, that boy has learned his lesson a thousand times over and he'll never make the same mistake again," said Lauren See, Tim See's sister.
Angel Howell said her daughter's death has motivated her to work to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Mavima's sentence was on the very low end of state sentencing guidelines. The Wyoming Park grad told the court Monday, "I just want to say I'm so sorry I took two bright, intelligent, wonderful people out of this world... I'm sorry."
In an extraordinary display of forgiveness in a Wyoming court room on Monday, two families forgave the drunk driver who took their loved ones’ lives earlier this year, WZZM 13 reports.
The Wyoming High School graduate, 18-year-old Takunda Mavima, (pictured) cried through his apology during the sentencing hearing for causing the accident that killed two of his classmates and passengers, 17-year-old Tim See and 15-year-old Krysta Howell.
Perhaps one of the most sobering reminders to teens not to touch alcohol, let alone drink and drive.