Driver in fatal crash in Toledo arrai...

Driver in fatal crash in Toledo arraigned

There are 92 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Jan 2, 2008, titled Driver in fatal crash in Toledo arraigned. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

An Adrian man was arraigned Wednesday on five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, involving an accident that killed a Redford Township girl and four family members.

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dragon_fly121 aka steve

Fort Collins, CO

#1 Jan 2, 2008
Hopefully, Mr. Gagnon will get the full eight year sentence for each person he killed. May he be haunted by his victims for the rest of his days.

JimiDn

United States

#2 Jan 2, 2008
I am curious if this man had any previous DUI's and I am just sick of innocent lives being lost all over the country to drunk driver's, There need's to somehow be stronger penalty's because it's obvious the system they have now DOES NOT WORK!! I pray for the familie's who have lost loved ones as I have and that someday there will be stronger laws.
Plain Jane

Wichita, KS

#3 Jan 2, 2008
Throw the book at him!.25 blood alcohol?!? He should never have gotten behind that wheel!
Glen R T Bachar

Montague, MI

#4 Jan 2, 2008
they should be taxsing beer and wine like they tax cigarettes, the state would have more money to help pay for more cops to help pay to keep Drunks off the streets.
i feel sorry for the familys of the people that died in the crash and the guy that was drunk should spend the rest of his life in jail.

“Common sense RULES ”

Since: Sep 07

West Michigan

#5 Jan 2, 2008
It always seems the drunk driver is the one that survives the accident. There is much speculation as to why this happens. Hopefully this individual will serve some serious prison time for his actions. Consequences are inevitable and hopefully the family of all the people/children get some justice. I'm praying for the lost souls of this horrible accident. These children were taken away way too early.
oh my gosh in wyoming MI

Littleton, CO

#6 Jan 2, 2008
Please throw this low life scum bucket in jail for life and then change the freakin laws in this country to convict life, if you knowingly drink until your drunk you know that you are in no condition to drive and you can kill someone or in this case almost an entire family, isn't that considered pre meditated murder, knowingly killing someone. Then the jerk can walk away. Such injustice in this country, if I was the surviving adult member of that crash he would not have seen the inside of a court room little own the cops at the scene.

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#7 Jan 2, 2008
Even if he gets the max sentence, which appears to be 40 years, that hardly begins to pay for 5 lives lost (not that he could ever repay this debt). Lock his worthless behind up forever, throw away the key.

Now will we get the steady stream of family and friends talking about what a fabulous guy he is, and why he shouldn't do hard time?
Kim

Detroit, MI

#8 Jan 2, 2008
Glen R T Bachar wrote:
they should be taxsing beer and wine like they tax cigarettes, the state would have more money to help pay for more cops to help pay to keep Drunks off the streets.
i feel sorry for the familys of the people that died in the crash and the guy that was drunk should spend the rest of his life in jail.
I agree with the taxing of alcohol, I have said that for years. My heart goes out to the family & friends. He needs to be in prison where he cannot hurt or kill anyone again. And YES, I would love to knoe if he is a repeat offender.
Kim

Detroit, MI

#9 Jan 2, 2008
oops....know
Dan

Enterprise, AL

#10 Jan 2, 2008
A minimum of 10 yrs., and a maximum of 40. Considering that five lives were snuffed out for no good reason other than to get DRUNK, that's a pretty cheap fine. He should at least rot in prison for the rest of his life. I don't care if he really didn't mean to cause no harm, he still took away the future from 5 people who were just minding their own business.

Since: Jun 07

Muskegon

#11 Jan 2, 2008
oh my gosh in wyoming MI wrote:
Please throw this low life scum bucket in jail for life and then change the freakin laws in this country to convict life, if you knowingly drink until your drunk you know that you are in no condition to drive and you can kill someone or in this case almost an entire family, isn't that considered pre meditated murder, knowingly killing someone. Then the jerk can walk away. Such injustice in this country, if I was the surviving adult member of that crash he would not have seen the inside of a court room little own the cops at the scene.
I agree completely with you!! That family has to go through the greving process for 5 people and this guy gets to breath, walk, talk and things that most of us get to do on a daily basis. One thing good about OHIO is they do not have no fault insurance in which this jerk can be sued along with his insurance company!! I know it doesn't bring everyone back, but it will stick him even more. Just one question, have people forgot that you can call a taxi for a ride home or even another family member or friend?? I am not a drinker and as a teenager my friends would go to parties and drink, then they would call me for a ride home. I wish people would remember little things like that before getting behind the wheel! God Bless that family and watch over them!!
Angel2546

Richmond, VA

#12 Jan 2, 2008
It is funny how easily we pass judgement on each other. I thought only the lord could do that. Yes what Michael did is unthinkable, however he is a person and he is loved immensely by his family and friends regardless of what he has done. Michael will live with this the rest of his life. I also know that Michael is a very caring loving young man. He is dedicated to the lord and has helped many people. So yes he made a horrible mistake, but he is not evil or a monster. He loves and cares just like the majority of you. I just hope that the Christians among you will find it in your hearts to forgive him, because I know he never will be able to forgive himself.
Monica

Whitehall, MI

#13 Jan 2, 2008
I think he should lose a body part for evey person he killed,let the family choose what one and then chop it off.Then throw him in a vat of beer,close the lid and let him drown in it! Piece of ****!

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#14 Jan 2, 2008
Angel2546 wrote:
It is funny how easily we pass judgement on each other. I thought only the lord could do that. Yes what Michael did is unthinkable, however he is a person and he is loved immensely by his family and friends regardless of what he has done. Michael will live with this the rest of his life. I also know that Michael is a very caring loving young man. He is dedicated to the lord and has helped many people. So yes he made a horrible mistake, but he is not evil or a monster. He loves and cares just like the majority of you. I just hope that the Christians among you will find it in your hearts to forgive him, because I know he never will be able to forgive himself.
And there it is...
Monica

Whitehall, MI

#15 Jan 2, 2008
Dedicated to the lord?!? hahaha....his myspace page is one big beer party.Looks like thats what his whole life WAS dedicated to..I didnt see him mention the Lord,although I did see beer,and many pictures of him drinking and partying! His 1st "friend" on his friends list is a bar...go figure!

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#16 Jan 2, 2008
Angel,

He did NOT make a mistake. He got very drunk, and then killed 5 people. A caring, loving person does not knowingly risk life and limb of every person he passes, like Michael did.
You say he has helped many people. Is that like the 5 he just 'helped' into the Lords presence?
TMK

Dayton, OH

#17 Jan 2, 2008
I think he should be given that sentence of 2-8 years.. but PER person. That's 1-40 years, no chance of parole. Considering the victims, one being an eight-week-old baby, this man should serve 40 years. I know that living with the thought of killing a woman and four of her children will haunt him the rest of his days and that should be enough, but it's not. Granted, this story, like so many others will be forgotten, but he should still serve 40+ years, I think, and once he gets out, community service and illegal for him to consume alcohol.

“November 12th, 2011”

Since: Nov 07

up a tree

#18 Jan 2, 2008
Angel2546 wrote:
It is funny how easily we pass judgement on each other. I thought only the lord could do that. He is dedicated to the lord and has helped many people.
When someone breaks the laws of society, society has every right to judge and punish the offender. This man is a criminal.
Dan

Enterprise, AL

#19 Jan 2, 2008
Ravenclaw wrote:
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And there it is...
Didn't take too long, did it? I'm not perfect either, but if he is supposed to be such a christian, what is he doing going out and getting blind stinking DRUNK, and then getting behind the wheel of a vehicle???????

Since: Jun 07

Whitehall

#20 Jan 2, 2008
Ravenclaw wrote:
Even if he gets the max sentence, which appears to be 40 years, that hardly begins to pay for 5 lives lost (not that he could ever repay this debt). Lock his worthless behind up forever, throw away the key.
Now will we get the steady stream of family and friends talking about what a fabulous guy he is, and why he shouldn't do hard time?
Its already begun....but he is dedicated to the lord and helped many people haha...WELL...now he has killed many people.(hopefully this comes up as Im from Whitehall now instead of Petosky)

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