Drink driving Zimbo jailed for killing two in US

Posted on Sep 18 2012 - 2:09am by admin

The heart-wrenching exchange between a father whose son died in a car crash and a Zimbabwean teenage drunk driver who was behind the wheel left witnesses in a Wyoming courtroom in tears on Monday.

Tim See, left, hugs Takunda Mavima in the courtroom. See's son Timothy was a crash victim. At right is Mavima's father.

Tim See, left, hugs Takunda Mavima in the courtroom. See’s son Timothy was a crash victim. At right is Mavima’s father.

Takunda Mavima, 18, had just finished high school and was driving home from a graduation party on May 20 when he crashed into another car full of his classmates at Wyoming Park High School.

Tim See, 17, and Krysta Howell, 15, died in the crash and now Mavima, 17 at the time of the crash, will spend the next two-and-a-half to fifteen years in jail as a result. The local ABC affiliate WZZM 13 reports that at the time of the crash, Mavima had a 0.10 blood alcohol level, well over the legal limit of 0.08.

Mavima had attended a party at his friend Shane Harlan’s house before the accident and Michigan Live reports that Harlan was subsequently sentenced to probation and ordered to spend five days in a court-ordered program.

Mavima’s remorse was obvious as he attempted to hold back tears during his address to the courtroom filled with relatives of his victims.

‘I’m so sorry that I took two bright, intelligent, wonderful people out of this world …. I wish … I’m so sorry,’ he said, stopping intermittently for tears.

Angel Howell, left, whose daughter Krysta was killed in a May 20 crash, sits next to parents of crash victim Timothy See, Tim and Denise See, during sentencing for Takunda Mavima in Grand Rapids, Mich. Mavima was sentenced to 30 months to 15 years after being found guilty of driving while intoxicated causing death.

Angel Howell, left, whose daughter Krysta was killed in a May 20 crash, sits next to parents of crash victim Timothy See, Tim and Denise See, during sentencing for Takunda Mavima in Grand Rapids, Mich. Mavima was sentenced to 30 months to 15 years after being found guilty of driving while intoxicated causing death.

His sorrow did not fall on deaf ears, as both the sister and the father of victim Tim See spoke on behalf of Mavima, urging the judge to give him a light sentence as he understands and has apologised for his actions.

‘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,’ Lauren See said in court.

‘I promised myself one thing that day. I promised myself I would not get angry.’

Forgiveness was seen throughout the ordeal, as the victim’s father, whose name is also Tim, hugged Mavima as he walked out of court after the sentencing. It was a perfect storm, everything that happened,’ Mr See said.

Relatives of Krysta were also present and her mother Angel said that in light of the accident she is determined to raise awareness about drinking and driving. While there is a range, the sentence is considered to be on the lighter side of the state’s mandatory sentencing guidelines. Daily Mail

  • PJ

    Forgiveness in these circumstances is truly Christian

    • NB Chizaza

      You are so right PJ. That’s a very holy perception that you have just shred with us. May the Lord bless you!!

  • pinky

    Sorry after killing ppl like that? Never! Ppl like him will never lean, n his family they wishing him out of jail ko dai varivo vakafirwa! Bull shit this boy must get 20yrs in jail. He wanna move on wth his life hw abt vakafirwa avo! Nxaaaa selfish ppl