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Family of Drag Racer in Thanksgiving Accident Speak Out


Debbie Seely, mother of 20-year-old Charles Mitts, had to fight back tears thinking back to the phone call that interrupted her Thanksgiving dinner.

"My son is a good kid, he just made a mistake. I just couldn't believe it. I was hoping it wasn't him- and it was him."

She learned her son was one of the two drivers police say were drag-racing in their pick-up trucks, speeding toward the intersection of Shiawassee and North roads in Owosso, when one truck struck a car making a left turn. It was a stunt that left 55-year-old Darrell Hall, a husband and a father, dead.  

"It cost the Hall family too," said Seely, "my heart goes out to them."

Seely says she, and her son, are devastated for the loss the Hall family suffered on Thanksgiving.

Mitts says he's torn apart, and may never forgive himself. He says he apologizes to the Hall family and the community, and that what he did should have never happened in the first place.

"All he wanted to do was cry," said Kevin Mitts, Charles' father.

Kevin Mitts says his son will have to deal with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life.

"It shouldn't have ever happened. I hope the [Hall] family understands that Charles is not that kind of boy," said Kevin Mitts.

It's Seely's hope that others learn from this, and will avoid repeating the same mistakes her son made. 

"Young kids think its fun to speed down a street or drag-race. There's going to be consequences. And it's not worth it, taking an innocent person or somebody from a family," Seely said.


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