Head-on crash kills one, injures two

The Kent County Sheriff's Department is investigating a multi-injury, fatal accident. Full Story
Gander at heart

El Paso, TX

#62 Aug 18, 2008
I think those are already illegal. Unfortunately, people still do it and kill innocent victims. The drunk driving rate is way too high in Michigan. There's a reason for it and there are solutions to the problem.
Making alcohol illegal again would just create a problem like the war on drugs. Heavily taxing alcohol might fix the problem, but not for long. But it would help the burden of the taxpayers when it comes to prosecuting and jailing the offenders. The economy is not the only crisis in Michigan.
It's up to the PEOPLE of the state to do something about it! Are you up for the challenge? Or would you rather sit in your cushy home or office and complain about it?
All solutions to all problems start with an idea.
spud

Grandville, MI

#63 Aug 18, 2008
Richard Hill,may you burn in HELL!!!!Was your buzz worth taking the life of a 10ry old.I,m sick why do we have to even see the face of this creep?
Capital punishment

United States

#64 Aug 18, 2008
goblue1 wrote:
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Your not paying MI state taxes anyways,we oppose the death penalty here and thats good let him suffer with all the rest of the jailbirds-thats worse than death
"Suffer"?? If you haven't noticed, inmates no longer suffer in prison! They have it made, often a cushier lifestyle than when they were free! Bring back capital punishment!!!
FDR

Utica, MI

#65 Aug 18, 2008
Countingstars wrote:
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That was 10-year-old girl who was killed.
My heart felt sorrow. I hope I am not overstepping my bounds. I would like to meet with you and see what your thoughts are on this discussion. I know nothing will bring April back, but maybe we together as a community can prevent this from happening to another family.
spud

Grandville, MI

#66 Aug 18, 2008
4 Justice wrote:
My prayers go out to the 13 year old girl that was killed, along with her family and friends. May that wrong way drunk driver in the pickup rot in prison.
why should we pay to have this creep in prison?we need the dealth penalty!!!!!
Engineer Guy

United States

#67 Aug 18, 2008
froggy log wrote:
Alcohol should be made illegal.
Yeah, that will solve all of the problems, won't it? Have you never studied prohibition and all the extra social problems that came with that ere, i.e. THE MOB
FireRescue86

Grand Rapids, MI

#68 Aug 18, 2008
FDR- I too was on the responding rescue crew who worked this horrific and senseless accident. I am sick of seeing drunk offenders maim and kill innocent children like April. What can we do? I am watching this post. Can we do this together?
TommyO

Grand Rapids, MI

#69 Aug 18, 2008
So he accidentally got in his car, drove to a bar, got drunk, got back in his car, and drove it it to murder a young girl? Sounds like a premeditated crime to me. Or is this the first time anyone driving drunk has killed someone and Hill simply did not know the danger of his actions? Give Hill the death sentence. We start treating these murderers as murderers and this crime will quickly disappear.
premeditated wrote:
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does the word premeditated mean anything to you?
Yet another sad mom

United States

#70 Aug 18, 2008
FDR: you were 1/4 mi. from my house last nite- I thought u were landing on my house! My husb & I were in our truck w/ our 3 young sons at 9:00 coming home from Grandma's. Could have been us. We are with you in making changes. I'm thankful for our medical personnel & their abilities to disassociate - I'm sure I couldn't have done what you did. I would have pushed him out over the Grand River. Put him in a room with all us moms.
Patrick

Green Bay, WI

#71 Aug 18, 2008
"I ask the public to write their State Represenative, the governor, congress, and other law makers to pass legislation to toughen drunk-driving laws. April is lost, needlessly.
But with public outcry, or petition, to our lawmakers demanding of tougher penalties both on drivers, bar owners, etc. Maybe, just maybe, we can save one life, and make this tradgey into a triumph. So I challenge the public to contact their respective representatives and make new laws against this horrible tradgey. To prevent the needless loss of innocent lives. And to get the selfish, reckless, and ignorant drunk drivers off the streets."

The laws have already been toughened and STILL they drive. Tougher laws won't save us from the drunk drivers. My prayers to the victims family.
4 Justice

Grand Rapids, MI

#72 Aug 18, 2008
FireRescue86 wrote:
FDR- I too was on the responding rescue crew who worked this horrific and senseless accident. I am sick of seeing drunk offenders maim and kill innocent children like April. What can we do? I am watching this post. Can we do this together?
I say we all gather in WOOD Tv's parking lot, and let it be known we're sick of this crap. Max this guy will do is 15 years.. With our pansy judges, probably more like only 5 years. 5 years for a life? This is wrong. I'm following this also.. I go out myself and get trashed, but there's always a 20 spot in my wallet for a taxi. No excuse to get behind a wheel.
FireRescue86

Grand Rapids, MI

#73 Aug 18, 2008
Yet another sad mom wrote:
FDR: you were 1/4 mi. from my house last nite-...I'm thankful for our medical personnel & their abilities to disassociate - I'm sure I couldn't have done what you did. I would have pushed him out over the Grand River. Put him in a room with all us moms.
With respect most of us (firefighters, flight crew) don't disassociate when we have to witness such tragedy. We hurt, we cry, and we go on. At some point it would be comforting to know that these drunk murderers aren't going to get off so easily with a slick lawyer and a light sentence. Anybody else?
Jessie

Caledonia, MI

#74 Aug 18, 2008
The death penalty for drunk drivers? That is an absolutely RIDICULOUS thing to say. Drunk drivers infuriate me as much as they do the next person, but we can't murder them for a horrible accident. My brother drove drunk once on his way home from a concert when he was in his early 20's. It was a pathetically stupid thing to do and thank God no one got hurt, but if someone had, should he have been put to death? Uh, I don't think so. He's a good person who has learned his lesson from this and is now a responsible family man who rarely drinks at all.
sue

Allegan, MI

#75 Aug 18, 2008
To the other Sue in GR, a parent and child should be allowed to be together at any time of the day and not be afraid they'll get hit by some drunk!

Since: Oct 07

Cloud Nine

#76 Aug 18, 2008
I just read an update on mlive.

Here is the link

http://www.mlive.com/grpress/news/index.ssf/2...

The driver of the pickup is currently in jail.

Since: Jun 08

Caledonia, MI

#77 Aug 18, 2008
Sue wrote:
This makes me sick. My question is, and not to make light of this tragedy, is why was the father picking up such a young child that late at night for visitation purposes (Per GR Press). She should be in bed to begin with. Prayers to both families.(His has to live with his ignorance to)
Are you kidding? Since when are there time limits on when a family can be on the road?
FDR

Utica, MI

#78 Aug 18, 2008
FireRescue86 wrote:
FDR- I too was on the responding rescue crew who worked this horrific and senseless accident. I am sick of seeing drunk offenders maim and kill innocent children like April. What can we do? I am watching this post. Can we do this together?


Yes we can...how do I contact you?
Yet another sad mom

United States

#79 Aug 18, 2008
www.MI.gov is a good place to start - & u can access anyone from the DNR to the Senate. Go for it folks, instead of griping here.
FDR

Utica, MI

#80 Aug 18, 2008
FireRescue86 wrote:
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With respect most of us (firefighters, flight crew) don't disassociate when we have to witness such tragedy. We hurt, we cry, and we go on. At some point it would be comforting to know that these drunk murderers aren't going to get off so easily with a slick lawyer and a light sentence. Anybody else?
when and where? let's do it! I call on the public's support.
Holy Smokes

Ann Arbor, MI

#81 Aug 18, 2008
FDR wrote:
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I couldn't disagree with you more. By making harsher penalties, and making them known. People will think twice about driving drunk. Esepically if there is a fatality involved. Do those two beers mean that much? Am I willing to risk life in jail for those two beers? We as a public have the opportunity, if not the duty to stop this madness. The senseless loss of life MUST end. And if the driver can not take responsibility, then the bar owner, or liquor store is just as gulity as the driver.
I'm not here to argue but the thing that stops me from drinking and driving is the possability of hurting someone. This guy knows what the laws are and they are pretty stiff as it is. I don't believe that tougher laws will change this. I do believe that stories like this being printed and it being talked about in schools etc. are making a difference in the way people respond. The liquor store owner has no control what that person does once he walks out of the store. Bar owners, if they continue to serve someone when they are intoxicated should be held responsable. I think we are seeing more of that but I am sure it needs alot more improvement. Hopefully this story will make people think before they drink and drive.

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