Families Forgive Drunk Driver Who Killed Their Teens
Two families who lost teenagers earlier this year when a fellow classmate was driving drunk say they have forgiven the driver and asked the judge presiding over his case not to send him to prison.
In an extraordinary display of forgiveness in a Michigan 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 apologize during his 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.
“I’m so sorry that I took two bright, intelligent, wonderful people out of this world …. I wish I could… I wish that I…I’m sorry.”
On May 20, Mavima was driving home from a party with See, Howell and three other classmates when his car flipped into the woods on a highway.
At Mavima’s sentencing, Lauren See, Tim See’s sister, urged judge Jim Redford to go light on the recent high school graduate. In fact, she asked that he not be jailed at all.
“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.”
Krysta Howell’s mother, Angel Howell, also asked the judge to spare Mavima a heavy sentence, saying that the tragic accident has encouraged her to raise awareness about the consequences of drunk driving.
Truly amazing! Could you forgive and empathize like these families?
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