December 18, 2014

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Six years and anger in fatal car crash case

ELYRIA — Anger got the better of the daughter of a woman killed in a 2012 car crash after the man responsible was sentenced to six years in prison.

“(Expletive) you, Royce! You’re going to get yours in prison!” Miranda Rector called out as Royce Kowalczyk was led out of Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi’s courtroom earlier today.

Rector, the daughter of Terri Martin, and other family members had urged Miraldi to impose the maximum sentence of 13 years in prison.

Kowalczyk pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges late last year for the March 2, 2012, crash that killed Martin as she drove to work. Kowalczyk, who was free on bond in an unrelated drug case at the time, tested positive for marijuana and cocaine, Assistant County Prosecutor Tony Cillo said.

Kowalczyk’s 2000 Ford Explorer went left of center and struck Martin’s Saab 9-7X. A third driver also was injured in the crash but survived.

Read Friday’s Chronicle for more on this story.