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Fatal crash case comes to a close with no contest plea

A deadly car crash in 2010 has highlighted the risks that some people are willing to take, even though there are laws to prevent such behavior from happening. A 24-year-old man from Vintondale, Pennsylvania, was charged with providing alcohol to a minor and involuntary manslaughter. Allegations suggest that he provided beer to a 17-year-old male who would eventually be behind the wheel of a vehicle when it crashed and killed a 16-year-old female passenger. The 17-year-old is already serving time.

The car accident happened after the 24-year-old purchased a case of Miller Lite and took it to a cabin belonging to the family of the 17-year-old male. The teenager drank some of the beer at some point. During the day, the two headed back to Cambria County to pick up the now-deceased 16-year-old and another female. They all decided to head back to the cabin. During this return trip, an officer tried to stop the vehicle because it was driving erratically. The vehicle reached a speed of 100 mph and as the car entered Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, and the driver lost control. The car flipped and collided with some buildings before coming to a stop.

He pleaded no contest to the charges and will be serving between four and 23 months in the Cambria County Prison. Once his sentence is complete, he will be subject to a two-year probation period. In addition to this punishment, the judge also ordered that he pay a $1,500 fine and go through alcohol and drug evaluation programs, as well as a mental health examination. Authorities said that if this individual acted as an adult in this situation - as a role model, in other words - there would have been no loss of life and no serious injuries to himself. The bereaved parents did not make a statement during the most recent hearing, likely still dealing with the sudden death of their daughter.

Altoona Mirror, "Fyock takes plea deals for fatal car accident" Phil Ray, Sep. 21, 2013

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