Teen Charged In Relation To Fatal Crash Fueled By Alcohol
WYOMING (WWJ/AP) – An 18-year-old who authorities say hosted a party at his apartment before a crash on a West Michigan expressway that left two young people dead is facing charges.
Ottawa County prosecutors on Wednesday announced Shane Harlan was charged with allowing minors to consume alcohol, a 30-day misdemeanor. He’s due back in court on June 27.
Harlan told MLive.com he denies providing alcohol at the Allendale Township party. He tells WOOD-TV he’d do “anything” to change what happened.
Takunda Mavima, the 17-year-old driver, earlier was charged with drunken driving causing death and drunken driving causing serious injury. His case resumes in court on June 20.
Mavima’s attorney told MLive.com he did not know what Mavima’s Breathalyzer test, which measures blood alcohol content, indicated but he believed it was “just above the limit,” which in Michigan is 0.08 percent
According to court documents, Mavima allegedly told police that he was driving too fast and drinking prior to the 4:20 a.m. crash on eastbound Ford Freeway near the off ramp to Chicago Drive.
Police in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming say the May 20 crash killed 15-year-old Krysta Howell and 17-year-old Timothy See. The injured passengers were 18-year-olds Trenton Lampbright and Huy Nguyen and 16-year-old Dylan Stanaway. All involved attended Wyoming Park High School.
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