GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Wyoming Park High School teens who crashed along an off-ramp from I-196 to Chicago Drive early Sunday morning were returning from a party near Grand Valley State University.
Krysta Howell and Tim See died in the crash. Three others were hurt. One teen remained hospitalized Tuesday evening but friends said he may be released as early as tomorrow.
Driver Takunda Mavima now faces eight felonies.
The six high school students were at a townhome at Copper Beech at the corner of Pierce and 48th until they left to go back to Wyoming.
One of the injured students, Dylan Stanaway, 16, is recovering at home but spoke by phone with 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday.
"I was really worried (about Tim and Krysta)," he said. "I was just hoping that they would wake up and snap out of it."
Stanaway was the front seat passenger and called 911 after the crash, and tried desperately to save his friends.
See, 17, and Howell, 15, "were happy until the second of the crash," he said.
Stanaway admitted everyone in the car that night had been drinking and said Mavima's ability to drive was not on their minds.
"In the state that we were all in, we weren't really thinking about that," he said. "We just weren't thinking straight at all."
Stanaway says he tried desperately to help the victims of the crash.
"I've never felt so helpless in my life," he said.
He added that he doesn't call himself a hero.
"I didn't save anybody ... to be a hero," he said tearfully.
Tim See's best friend Ricky Brooks, 18, was at the party and was among the last people to see him alive.
"I've never had to go through anything like this. I've never lost a best friend before," Brooks told 24 Hour News 8.
He said he "personally didn't see him drinking throughout the night. I just know that everyone was."
Brooks said he "told them to stay the night with me. I wanted them to stay the night. It would have been fun. They had to be home. There was no stopping them."
Brooks and Stanaway both said they aren't sure where the alcohol at the party came from.
"Everyone already had their own stuff," said Brooks. "There was no one of age out there. I know that."
Seeing Mavima face charges, Brooks and Stanaway said, has been part of the tragedy for them.
"He doesn't even deserve it," Stanaway said. "He's one of those people not to do things like that."
"I know he's hurt enough," Brooks said, adding that he hopes Mavima is not sentenced to prison, "For those who have seen his mug shot -- you can tell in his face that he's really hurt. It's not fair."
Mavima was arraigned Tuesday and could potentially serve many years in prison if convicted.
Friends of Krysta Howell said they will be holding a car wash on Wednesday to raise money for her family to help cover funeral expenses.
The car wash is from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Southwest United Methodist Church in Wyoming, located at 2730 56th Street SW.
They will accept any donations.
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