Student charged with drunk driving after deadly crash

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Video: School remembers teens killed in DUI crash

  • Takunda Mavima
  • Timothy See (left) and Krysta Howell, Wyoming teenagers killed in an accident.
    

UPDATE 5/22/12 (WZZM)- A Wyoming Park High School student faces up to 15 years in prison after crashing a car - killing two of his fellow classmates.

Takunda Mavima, 17, was charged this morning with four counts of drunk driving including two counts of drunk driving causing death.

He's being held on $50,000 bond.

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The halls at Wyoming Park High School are quiet and somber -- many students stayed home after learning that drinking and driving played a role in the deaths of two classmates: Timothy See, 17, who was to graduate soon; and Krysta Howell, 15, a freshman.

Three other teenage boys who were in the car were injured, and will soon be released from the hospital.  The boys are: Dylan Stanaway, 16; Trenton Lambright, 18; and Huy Nguyen, 18.

The driver, Takunda Mavima, 17, is awaiting charges.

Previous Coverage: Wyoming Park High school mourns loss of two students

The deaths of two students in an accident involving alcohol are rocking the Wyoming school district.

"Being a parent, to lose a child, I can't think of anything worse," says superintendent Dr. Tom Reeder.

Reeder has spoken with the See family.  He went to school with the victim's father. 

"I just can't even imagine getting a call and knowing you're planning graduation or next step and you lose your child," says Reeder.

Tim's family tells us they don't blame Tim's friend Mavima, saying, "He's going through hell right now, and we're praying for him too. It could have been our son driving."

Reeder says Tim was a member of the varsity golf team and was well loved.

"Tim lived for the moment, and he smiled and everything was about having fun, and that's the way he lived his life," says the superintendent.

Krysta Howell was in her first year at Wyoming Park.  She's being remembered as an outgoing and involved teenager.

"She got involved right away, she's on the cheerleading squad," says Reeder.  "She made a great impression on her classmates and dove right in."

Counselors are on staff for students. Reeder hopes the losses are reminder to students to think twice about their actions.

"The question is, what are the consequences of your mistake?" asks the superintendent.  "Some of us have been lucky and some of them end in tragedy, and in this case it ended in a very sad tragedy." 

Police would not confirm how much alcohol was in the teenager's systems. Mavima is scheduled to be formally charged in court on Tuesday.

Howell's family says they need help with burial costs.  They are holding a spaghetti dinner on Tuesday to raise money. It's at Resurrection Life Church Olive Tree Cafe, 5100 Ivanrest Ave. SW., from 5 to 8 p.m.

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