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As he awaits prosecution on multiple felony charges some of his former classmates are speaking out.

Restrictions ordered by Judge William Simmons allow Coffay to leave his house only for legal purposes. He was forced to relinquish his passport, will undergo substance abuse treatment and is prohibited from contacting the crash victims' families and friends.

Alex Cole and Sam Bloom are former classmates of Kevin Coffay. Both say in spite of the charges he’s facing, Coffay should not be vilified

“It’s not like that because he was our friend too," says Cole. "We all love Kev and ….we know he’s going to push through.”

In court, defense attorney, Michael McAuliffe described Coffay as a young man burdened by parents who are chronically ill. Police suspect Coffay was drinking before the crash, so although they’re supportive, Cole and Bloom would rather repeat and follow one important lesson.

“Just don’t drink and drive," says Bloom. "It kills people.”

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