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Mich. Teen Gets 10-Day Sentence for Fatal Delaware Co. Crash
DELAWARE (Ken Hines/Kate Liebers) -- A judge has sentenced a Michigan teen to 10 days in jail in connection with a crash that killed a central Ohio man over the summer.
Justin Juback received his sentence inside a Delaware courtroom on Monday morning.
The 19-year-old Michigan native was traveling on US-23 near Hills-Miller Road in July when he drove over the center line and struck a car operated by 61-year-old Ted Snyder, who was killed in the crash.
Juback was traveling to North Carolina for vacation when the crash occurred. Snyder's family members believe the teen was texting or otherwise distracted at the time of the accident, but prosecutors say no evidence exists to support that claim.
"There was no distraction. We checked his texts, we checked his phone, and there was nothing unusual happening. He wasn't utilizing his phone," Delaware City Prosecutor Mark Corroto said. "He just somehow zoned out and crossed the center line."
Juback pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges related to the crash, including vehicular manslaughter. The teen received a speeding ticket in Wyandot County hours before the fatal crash occurred.
Investigators do not believe speed was a factor in the fatal crash.
Snyder's widow, Pam, addressed the teen in court.
"When you killed Teddy you killed part of me," she said. "I will have emptiness, a deep feeling of loss so tremendous, that mere words will never express the loneliness I feel.
"We had just reached a time in our lives, we had plans and dreams to enjoy new adventures together, but that was cut short by you," she added.
Juback gave a tearful apology to Snyder's family.
"I understand there is nothing I can say or do to bring Mr. Snyder back to his family," he said. "I will carry the reality of their loss and this accident for the rest of my life."
In addition to the 10-day jail sentence, which Juback began serving on Monday, the teen's driver's license has been suspended for two years.