All your life you have played by the rules. When you went to college, you studied hard and didn’t party to the extent that it hurt your grades. During your senior year, you began to make plans to graduate and begin your career. One Friday night, you were in a car with four other students heading home from a bar. Before you knew what happened, the car was hit head on, and all of you were seriously injured. You now are paralyzed and face the rest of your life in a wheelchair. The car that hit you was driven by a drunken student who, coincidentally, was in several of your classes. Several days after you return home from the hospital, he wants to see you. Despite your anger, you do see him, and he begs for your forgiveness. He breaks down and cries and tells you that he had never done anything like that before and wishes he were dead.
Can you forgive him? When he is prosecuted, what would your sentence recommendation be? Would your answers be different if someone had died? What if he had prior drunk-driving incidents? What if he also had committed other crimes and was not a fellow college student?