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Friends of teens killed in crash demand harsher sentences for drunk driving

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WINNIPEG - Carrying signs reading "Justice 4 the Victims" and "Adult Decision = Adult Consequences," about 50 friends of two teens killed by an alleged drunk driver in Winnipeg Oct. 31 gathered outside the Legislative Building this afternoon to demand harsher consequences for those who drink and drive.

Many in the crowd wore white T-shirts over their coats imprinted with photos of the two victims — Amutha Subramaniam, 17, and Senhit Mehari, 19.

The two Dakota Collegiate grads and three of their friends were T-boned by a car driven by a 17-year-old girl at the intersection of Bishop Grandin Boulevard and St. Marys’ Road. The 17-year-old driver faces numerous charges.

"We lost two bright young souls of the future due to a 17-year-old’s recklessness. Should a first conviction always result in a $1,000 fine?" asked Amanuel Embaye, one of two spokespeople for the group.

With the driver's case about to hit the courts, the victims’ friends are concerned that, if convicted, she will only receive a slap on the wrist.

They said they also wanted to draw attention to the ongoing problem of drunk driving.

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