Girl, 10, dies in head-on crash

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A 10-year-old girl is dead and her father is hospitalized after a drunk driver crossed the center line of a Kent County road causing a head-on crash.

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candice

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Aug 18, 2008
 
to aprils family i am praying for you. and to mathew hill i am also prying for you i know you can make it through this

“DRILL FOR OIL?, "YES WE CAN"”

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Aug 18, 2008
 

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I suppose the drunk driver was on his 18th temp license for all the other DWI's they "punished" him for.
candice

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Aug 18, 2008
 

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you guys have to remember that his family is also dealing with a loss what about his kids
MELISSA AND KIDS

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Aug 19, 2008
 
TODD is our uncle and pril is our cousin and we are just ill over Sundays tragedy. we are praying for uncle Todd and if their is anything we can do for anyone, we are here only god know's and many lives are affected today because of one careless person. the time we shared with April will never be forgotten. she was a happy, excited, beautiful little girl and i love her dearly. she will always be in my heart and my kids as well.
jamie and melissa

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Aug 19, 2008
 

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this is in reply to Candice, we do not have to take in to consideration his family's loss because they still have their family member and we do not. maybe they should let people in their family know drinking and driving is illegal and dangerous and they should have more consideration for us. he killed our 10 year cousin for god sakes, give us a break not them.
Jamie DeKett

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Aug 19, 2008
 
I am the niece of Todd Kirtley and the cousin of April Kirtley. I am devestated and torn to pieces about what has happened. My daughter is 8 yrs old and she was very close to April and Todd. Our Lives will never be the same without April. She was a very happy, smart and loving little girl that had her life taken from her by a drunk driver. I don't feel that any sentence would be long enough for him.
melissa Aprils cousin

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candice wrote:
you guys have to remember that his family is also dealing with a loss what about his kids
to hell with him and his kids, their dad should have never taken my cousins life and he will never get what he deserves.their loss will never compare to the loss of April, when i carried that little girl to her final resting spot yesterday i never in my life felt so empty and angry. just the thought of what had happened to bring us to that point, hit a spot in my heart that is undescribeable. you nor his family, nor will he ever feel the way any of us felt yesterday due to one careless idiot who could not resist driving drunk. we layed precious little april to rest with god thursday morning. no punishment will ever be enough for him!
Sandra

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Aug 22, 2008
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family Todd.Prayers are Powerful.""Please,Go d wrap your Loving arms around April.Keep her safe.""The terrible man,Richard the "Dick"will have to live with his guilt,til he dies,,,He will never Live in Heaven.God wont forgive him..He will burn in Hell,forever......He gets to 'Live'no its not fair.
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candice wrote:
you guys have to remember that his family is also dealing with a loss what about his kids
this has nothing to do with his kids...his kids were not there, and are very much alive.yes im sure his family feels bad that there dad killed a innocent child! ITS NOT FAIR!!!!this should have never happen!!!! I havent a clue to what this family of Aprils is going thru, but i do know one thing, i was there the night of the crash, my son was the one that seen it happen, i was standing right next to Todd and it was most AWEFUL feeling ever!!! i dont know Todd or April, nor did i know the drunk dude..all i know is i`ve been thinking about this family everyday since the crash, and the more i think about it the more mad i get.. this should have NEVER happend!!!! Please lord give Todd the strength to get thru these trying times ahead.
shanda

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I do know Todd and his family, and I find it amazing that anyone in the the other guys family finds it necessary to speak out about thier "loss". You know what, no one is in your shoes but use you common sense and figure out that "the other guys" family has no right to speak out about thier loss. GOD BLESS April and god willing Todd with have a good recovery!
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Aug 24, 2008
 
candice wrote:
you guys have to remember that his family is also dealing with a loss what about his kids
At least his kids still have their father - April's father will never again be able to wrap her up in his arms and Mr. Hill took her from her him forever when he decided that that he didn't have to play by the rules. How dare you ask that anymore consider him or his feelins. What a load of crap.
Mary Smith

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Aug 30, 2008
 
Allowing a drunk driver to go so easily after he/she has previous record of driving while a license is susupended for drunk driving, especially if they caused injuries/death, should not be given just light sentences. Fines & costs should be set so high that the money can't be raised. Let them set and dry out. Make them watch videos of actual medical victims needing surgeries for the injuries they have caused. Make them accountable. Our country does not really hold anyone accountable until it is too late, in most cases. Even though Mr. Hill did not have any recent drunk driving incidents does not mean he wasn't doing it, it only means he had not be caught at it. By the fact that he was driving w/o his SUSPENDED license, means that he has no respect for the laws. God states we don't have to like our laws but we are required by Him to obey them. We claim we love our country so much, yet we all in someway break the law. We need to really consider who we vote for in elections because they can make or break us.
green

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Sep 4, 2008
 
You drive drunk it should get the same as pulling the trigger on a gun.gun.gun
MARANDA

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Oct 2, 2008
 
I KNOW LORI SHE'S MY AUNT AND I LOVE HER AND HER GIRLS MR.HILL TOOK AWAY THIS PRECIOUS LITTLE GIRL AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUTRAGED BY THIS MANS CHOICE TO DRINK AND DRIVE HE HAS NO IDEA HOW MANY PEOPLE HE HAS HURT. APRIL'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAS FOREVER CHANGED. I KNOW I HAVE BEEN. THIS GUY DESERVES EVERYTHING HE HAS COMING HIS WAY.
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Oct 2, 2008
 
MARANDA wrote:
I KNOW LORI SHE'S MY AUNT AND I LOVE HER AND HER GIRLS MR.HILL TOOK AWAY THIS PRECIOUS LITTLE GIRL AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUTRAGED BY THIS MANS CHOICE TO DRINK AND DRIVE HE HAS NO IDEA HOW MANY PEOPLE HE HAS HURT. APRIL'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY HAS FOREVER CHANGED. I KNOW I HAVE BEEN. THIS GUY DESERVES EVERYTHING HE HAS COMING HIS WAY.
you got that one right!
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Oct 10, 2008
 
THAT DRUNK DRIVER DESERVES TO BE TAKEN OUT BACK AND SHOT AT POINT BLANK! NO SYMPATHY FOR THAT SORRY SCUMMER!
jamie dekettt

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Jun 23, 2009
 
candice wrote:
you guys have to remember that his family is also dealing with a loss what about his kids
What about my uncle this year on fathers day
katelin powers

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Jun 25, 2012
 
april was my beat friend my mom let me played with her but no one eals becaouse she tart her and i miss her why did he do this to all of us i thank he should be in prson FOR LIFE it was his flat no one elase besiad his now april mom has to deail with this i do not thank so i wish i can go in time and i will tack april's life and she will be here right now i just wish i could do that i rely miss her sooooo much and her little sissters to.

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