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Teen gets jail time for crash

 

Phillip Allen Garcia

A Solon Township teen was sentenced to jail time Monday for causing a crash last May that killed another driver.

Phillip Allen Garcia, 19, was southbound on Myers Lake Avenue about 11:30 a.m. on May 13, 2017, when he ran the stop at 18 Mile Rd in Nelson Township and hit an eastbound vehicle driven by Edward Czarnecki, 59, of Oakfield Township. Czarnecki was pronounced dead at the scene. Garcia sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Garcia pled no contest to reckless driving causing death, and on Monday was sentenced to 270 days in the Kent County jail, five years probation and over $4,000 in restitution.

Investigators say an airbag sensor indicated he was going 73 mph just before the crash, and may have also been using his cell phone.

After the crash, The Post checked with the Kent County Road Commission to find out if the number of crashes at the intersection warranted a four-way stop or a light. Maura Lamoreaux, spokesperson for the Kent County Road Commission, said a study had been done on the intersection, and that it did not warrant changes to traffic control, but that they would continue to monitor it.

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