ELYRIA — Mark Ralich was sentenced to seven years in prison today for the 2010 crash that killed Andrew “A.J.” Vincent.
Assistant County Prosecutor Anthony Cillo said Ralich was driving three times the 35 mph speed limit and trying to avoid police at the time of the 1:30 a.m. Nov. 27, 2010, crash on Poplar Street and Brandston Avenue that killed Vincent, who was 18.
His blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, too, Cillo said. Ohio law deems a driver impaired at 0.08 percent.
Three other teens were seriously injured.
Prosecutors and Vincent’s family members asked for the maximum 18-year-sentence, but Common Pleas Court Judge Raymond Ewers said he balanced all factors in the case and decided seven years was appropriate.
Ralich’s attorney, Michael Camera, and Ralich’s mother, Mary Lou Ralich, asked for mercy, saying Ralich was the son and grandson of alcoholics.
For more, see Thursday’s edition of The Chronicle-Telegram.