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‘Nothing good could have come from today’: Lee’s Summit teen sentenced for crash that killed 2 friends

Posted 4:32 pm, December 15, 2016, by Shannon O’Brien, Updated at 05:22PM, December 15, 2016


INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An 18 year-old Lee’s Summit man will spend time in jail for a February crash that killed two of his best friends.

The victims’ families had stated their wishes that Collin Carter serve no jail time for what they call a tragedy for everyone.

Carter was sentenced to four months in jail on Thursday as punishment for a crash that killed his friends, Nathan Giron and Courtney (Tanner) Rardin, both were 18 years old.
Tanner Rardin (left) and Nathan Giron died in a Lee’s Summit car crash in February of 2016.

Tanner Rardin (left) and Nathan Giron died in a Lee’s Summit car crash in February of 2016.

“It is just a tragedy. There is no win, there is no way to have anything made right,” said Lynn Giron, Nathan’s mom.

Lynn Giron and Hailey Lewis are the mothers of the victims. Lewis has long been advocating that Carter not receive jail time for the crash that killed her son.

“Nothing good could have come from today. I am losing another son now, and they are losing another brother,” she told FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien.

But a Jackson County judge decided the facts of this case warrant time behind bars.

The crash happened in February; Carter was driving northbound on SW Pryor Road in Lee’s Summit just south of Longview Road. Police say that Carter was speeding, trying to pass another northbound car in a “No Passing Zone” and collided with an oncoming car. Giron and Lewis were killed.

“Remember to slow down and don’t be in a hurry, buckle up with your seatbelt, and don’t ever forget to tell your loved ones how much you love them, everyday,” said Giron.

The families are in a difficult position, as all of the boys were close friends, the “Bros” they called themselves. Many of the Bros were in court, supporting the families and their friend in the defendant’s chair.

“Their mothers always have us here to support them as we have them to support us too,” Daanish Tariq said.

The moms wore pictures of their sons in remembrance. When Carter is released, he’ll have a seven-year sentence hanging over him if he violates the conditions of his release.

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