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    First I have heard of this story, sad very sad for the victims... But its about time someone gets a heavy sentence....

    TOLEDO, Ohio

    A Michigan man was sentenced to 43 years in prison Friday for driving the wrong way on an interstate and slamming his pickup truck into a minivan, killing a Maryland mother and four children who were returning home from a Christmas trip. Michael Gagnon of Adrian, Mich., had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit and marijuana in his system, authorities said.

    Lucas County Judge Linda Jennings called Gagnon a dangerous person. "You have a drinking problem and you don't even know it," she said.

    Gagnon, 24, had pleaded no contest to five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated vehicular assault.

    "In my mind and spirit, I will be serving a life sentence for the pain I've caused," Gagnon said Friday, reading from a handwritten statement in court.

    He won't be eligible for release until he reaches his mid-60s.

    Gagnon was drinking with family at a bar on Dec. 30 to celebrate the New Year when he went out for fast food and took a wrong turn onto Interstate 280 in Toledo, investigators said.

    He drove about four miles in the wrong direction and just missed several other cars before his truck hit the minivan filled with six children and a husband and wife who had spent Christmas with family in Michigan, authorities said.

    The minivan was rounding a curve when the truck came directly at the family. Both drivers tried to avoid each other, but the crash ripped open one side of the van, hurtling some of the victims into the road and scattering toys, stuffed animals and bits of gift wrap.

    Bethany Griffin, 36, of Parkville, Md., and three of her daughters _ Vadi Griffin, 2 months; Lacie Burkman, 7; and Haley Burkman, 10 _ died in the crash along with Jordan Griffin, 10, the daughter of Bethany Griffin's husband, Danny Griffin Jr., 36.

    Danny Griffin, who was driving the van, was injured.

    Griffin told the court that his life will never be the same and that he no longer comes home to a house filled with children and a smiling wife.

    He said he misses helping the kids with their homework and tucking them into bed at night.

    "I know my life isn't over, but a large part is missing," he said.
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    its all too sad, the sentence he recieved in my opinion pales in comparison to the horrific memories that was left to the survivors as well as the lose of the young lifes that will only live in the memories of those that new them and the memories that they themseleves will never be able to make, the as#hole should be shot
    Last edited by aero1; 06-27-2008, 08:01 PM.

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    • #3
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      The part that gets me is the drunk driving usually walks away unscathed while the innocent person is severely hurt or killed.
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      • #4
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        That was/is big news here in Toledo. The first call came from a Taco Bell employee reporting that he was drunk. They tried to hold him up in the drive-thru as long as possible for the police to show, but it wasn't long enough. The photos, news video, and 911 calls released are heartbreaking to watch and hear.

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        • #5
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          We just had a guy get kicked out the navy as this was he just 2nd alcohol related incident(dui). His 1st happened 8 years ago. But he's getting kicked out with no benefits, other than honorable discharge, has to pay the navy a couple thousand back for college. He was a real good guy and everyone was sad to see him go. The only upside is that he was single.
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