Man sentenced in crash that killed 2 ...

Man sentenced in crash that killed 2 classmates

There are 22 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Sep 15, 2007, titled Man sentenced in crash that killed 2 classmates. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Nicholas Gaunt, the Westfield High School graduate who was driving when two classmates were killed in a 2004 crash near Gary, was given two four-year sentences Friday in the Department of Correction.

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MoonGod

Milwaukee, WI

#1 Sep 15, 2007
"He's not a monster," Miller said. "He wouldn't hurt anyone purposefully."

He still needs to be responsible for what he did even if it's not purposeful. It's called negligence.
mykidzmom

Greenfield, IN

#2 Sep 15, 2007
KRISTIN PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE BECAUSE SHE CHOSE TO RIDE WITH A DRUNK DRIVER. NO ONE FORCED THE 2 PASSENGERS INTO THE CAR.
greenetuckian

United States

#3 Sep 15, 2007
"KRISTIN PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE BECAUSE SHE CHOSE TO RIDE WITH A DRUNK DRIVER. NO ONE FORCED THE 2 PASSENGERS INTO THE CAR."
I agree one hundred percent. These were not children forced to ride with a drunk parent. Seems no matter how many persons making bad decisions we need at least one whipping boy in every incedent.
Northsider

Monon, IN

#6 Sep 15, 2007
Partially agree. Each person is responsible for thier individual actions however the driver must also pay his debt to society for the crime he committed.
mykidzmom wrote:
KRISTIN PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE BECAUSE SHE CHOSE TO RIDE WITH A DRUNK DRIVER. NO ONE FORCED THE 2 PASSENGERS INTO THE CAR.
A different perspective

Marysville, OH

#7 Sep 15, 2007
No one is making Nick a "whipping boy" - simply asking that he be held accountable for his actions. Kristin and Travis paid for their poor choices with their lives. Shouldn't Nick as the driver, be held accountable under the law as well? What you also didn't read in that article was that while Mr. Woerner asked for liency, he also asked for an interlock to be installed on Nick's car so he couldn't continue his destructive behavior of drinking and driving. So even those who testified in Nick's defense were concerned about him continuing this behavior. As a driver in Central Indiana, I'm glad to know that the roads are a little safer and hopefully Nick is getting some help instead of continuing the path he was on. He's had three years to make an impact and a positive difference and done nothing but get into more trouble. He's had three years to get help and counseling and done nothing but get into more trouble. He's not a monster, he didn't set out to kill anyone, he made bad choices like thousands of other teens do, like three others did that night, but he made the choice to drive and has to understand that there are consequences. He needs help and needs to be held accountable and that's what has now happened.
Look to the sky

Lakeland, FL

#8 Sep 15, 2007
Please let teens learn from this entire event that consequences of their actions are devastating to more people than they would ever guess.
Even though Nick has been given a sentence to serve this nightmare is far from over. The reminders are still going to be everywhere.
David

Arlington, TX

#9 Sep 15, 2007
Why is a steamroller parked on an interstate exit ramp at night??? Probably would have hit the thing sober. Perhaps a DOT employee should go to jail too. At a minimum, I hope that idiot employee understands his role in these deaths.
OH MY HOOPS RICKY

Reston, VA

#11 Sep 15, 2007
mykidzmom wrote:
KRISTIN PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE BECAUSE SHE CHOSE TO RIDE WITH A DRUNK DRIVER. NO ONE FORCED THE 2 PASSENGERS INTO THE CAR.
What are you saying? It is their fault? He is the driver and was in control of the situation. He was underage drinking and driving under the influence. It was not a good decision for them to ride with him, but you know what, they paid the ultimate price for that decision, and should not burden any more blame. Now it is his turn to pay his debt. Driving drunk is like taking a gun a shooting aimlessly, you might hit some one or you might not. He is reckless, and did not learn anything from the situation. He was arrested again and alcohol was involved. Next time he might hit a mini van with my family in it or maybe it might be your family.
Gary

Fort Wayne, IN

#13 Sep 15, 2007
True, those people made their choice to ride along just as he made the choice to drive. But as the driver, he is responsible for their safety. Whenever someone rides with me, the car doesnt move til everyone has their seatbelts on. Its been that way since before manditory seatbelt laws. They dont have to like it. Nor do they have to ride along.
gobber knuckie

Decatur, IL

#14 Sep 15, 2007
HUH?? What does this have to do with drunk driving?
TVS wrote:
CENSORSHIP ALERT: The Star is not allowing comment to the Muslim/Ramadan puff piece they are running today. Why do they fear an open discussion about the impacts Islam has had on every country in which it has taken root? Do they think that Islam will be any kinder to them than it was to other liberal appeasers who stood silent as progressive, liberal, free societies were destroyed from within by Islam?
Every Islamic country stifles, or flatly prohibits, honest discussions about the possibility that Islam is not a positive force, or that Muhammad may not have actually been God' prophet. This, as opposed to nations primarily influenced by virtually any other religion, which allow others to openly criticize the prevailing religion. Why does The Star seek to do the work of Islam by shutting down criticism of Islam, and by printing such fawning puff pieces about the one religion that is at the heart of virtually every act of terrorism on earth, and is involved in virtually every war on earth, and whose most prominent clerics call for the destruction of every non-Islamic society on earth? Surely the newspapers will be the first to feel the wrath of Islam if it ever gains control here!
TVS

Roanoke, IN

#16 Sep 16, 2007
gobber knuckie wrote:
HUH?? What does this have to do with drunk driving?<quoted text>
It has nothing to do with drunk driving. But, the Star is censoring response to its fawning Islamic puff piece, and has apparently made it policy to prevent comment on the religion that is responsible for the vast, vast majority of terrorism and war in the world. Rather than let them get away with their cowardly appeasement, we have to post every where, if they won't let us post under their pollyanic articles on Islam.
Arev

United States

#17 Sep 16, 2007
MoonGod wrote:
"He's not a monster," Miller said. "He wouldn't hurt anyone purposefully."
He still needs to be responsible for what he did even if it's not purposeful. It's called negligence.
I never said he shouldn't take responsiblity for drinking and driving did I?? Here I am you can talk to me face to face. Arev Miller.
Tank

United States

#18 Sep 16, 2007
Sad and just another example how teens make horrible choices with drinking and driving.

Hopefully he will learn to change his life while he's in jail. Yes, jail time should be his punishment for killing two of his "friends".
think

AOL

#19 Oct 7, 2007
mykidzmom wrote:
KRISTIN PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE BECAUSE SHE CHOSE TO RIDE WITH A DRUNK DRIVER. NO ONE FORCED THE 2 PASSENGERS INTO THE CAR.
;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;AND YOU KNOW THIS HOW? FROM READING NEwspaper reports....consider yourself ill informed.
hmmmm

AOL

#20 Oct 7, 2007
David wrote:
Why is a steamroller parked on an interstate exit ramp at night??? Probably would have hit the thing sober. Perhaps a DOT employee should go to jail too. At a minimum, I hope that idiot employee understands his role in these deaths.
Maybe that is being pursued........
thanks

AOL

#21 Oct 7, 2007
OH MY HOOPS RICKY wrote:
<quoted text>
What are you saying? It is their fault? He is the driver and was in control of the situation. He was underage drinking and driving under the influence. It was not a good decision for them to ride with him, but you know what, they paid the ultimate price for that decision, and should not burden any more blame. Now it is his turn to pay his debt. Driving drunk is like taking a gun a shooting aimlessly, you might hit some one or you might not. He is reckless, and did not learn anything from the situation. He was arrested again and alcohol was involved. Next time he might hit a mini van with my family in it or maybe it might be your family.
Amen to someone who cares enough to realize this. They gave all, and continue to be victimized thru these forums. Haven't they suffered enough? Isn't the loss of their lives enough punishment? I couldn't inmagine what it must be like to be a loved one who remains, a mom, a dad, to grieve and mourn the loss of their beloved chid AND have to deal with all of you out there who are so careless in your accounts of what happened and your willingenss to take stabs at those who have already suffered enough.
okay

AOL

#22 Oct 7, 2007
Arev wrote:
<quoted text>
I never said he shouldn't take responsiblity for drinking and driving did I?? Here I am you can talk to me face to face. Arev Miller.
Then be a real woman and post your address and phone number....we have lots to discuss with you.
Westfield Parent

AOL

#23 Oct 7, 2007
A different perspective wrote:
No one is making Nick a "whipping boy" - simply asking that he be held accountable for his actions. Kristin and Travis paid for their poor choices with their lives. Shouldn't Nick as the driver, be held accountable under the law as well? What you also didn't read in that article was that while Mr. Woerner asked for liency, he also asked for an interlock to be installed on Nick's car so he couldn't continue his destructive behavior of drinking and driving. So even those who testified in Nick's defense were concerned about him continuing this behavior. As a driver in Central Indiana, I'm glad to know that the roads are a little safer and hopefully Nick is getting some help instead of continuing the path he was on. He's had three years to make an impact and a positive difference and done nothing but get into more trouble. He's had three years to get help and counseling and done nothing but get into more trouble. He's not a monster, he didn't set out to kill anyone, he made bad choices like thousands of other teens do, like three others did that night, but he made the choice to drive and has to understand that there are consequences. He needs help and needs to be held accountable and that's what has now happened.
Nick has received the benefit of every doubt thusfar. Now, the justice system has taken "custody" of the situation. As far as the families, they had a chance to speak and now will be able to begin a healing process delayed by the courts, media, and Nick himself.
The Woerner's idea of an interlock being placed on his car is putting the cart before the horse so to speak. One has had to make true change in one's life, sought and received counceling for their past discressions and made a recover condusive to being allowed to return to society. The interlocks are to be used AFTER all this has happened, then, and only then would they be used so the offender can re-enter society, begin taking baby steps toward productivity.
Nick would not have even been considered for one. He did not drive his car when he killed those two kids, so truly, what would have been accomplished? He would not have been rehabilitated, just forgiven, by some, and then set upon his merry way, with a lock for the ignition of HIS car, so he could not drive his own, while drunk. It would have provided NO protection for the public as he has proven, you can kill when behind the wheel of another's vehicle........no lock, no accountability, nothing gained, no lesson learned.....we are where we started.
The judgement made was just and hopefully he will get the help he needs.
Pray for him and all involved.

Since: Sep 07

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#24 Oct 7, 2007
They must have alot of that underage drinking and driving going on in Gary IN.
Westfield Parent

AOL

#25 Feb 2, 2008
She DID HAVE HER SEATBELT ON FOLKS!!!!!!!!!!

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