WADSWORTH TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A Wadsworth man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a fatal crash on Interstate 76 earlier this year.
On Monday, 23-year-old Justen T. Russell pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and four counts of felonious assault. Judge James L. Kimbler sentenced him to 15 years and suspended him driver’s license for 25 years, according to the Medina County Common Pleas Court.
On Jan 23, Russell drove his car westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-76 in Wadsworth Township, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. He collided with a Chevrolet Impala head-on.
The driver of the Impala, 57-year-old Robert Merold, of Lake Milton, was taken to Medina Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, troopers said. Two other people were injured during the crash.
A grand jury indicted Russell in April on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, but the state dismissed one of those counts before Monday’s hearing.
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