April 20, 2014

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Driver gets 5 days for fatal crash

AVON LAKE — The Broadview Heights man responsible for the September car crash that killed a worker on Interstate
90 pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges of vehicular manslaughter and failure to maintain assured clear distance.

Anthony Rose Jr., 50, was sentenced to 90 days in jail in the case, but Avon Lake Municipal Court Judge Darrel Bilancini suspended all but five days of that sentence.

Rose also was fined $900 and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. His driver’s license was suspended for a year, but he will have work and medical driving privileges, according to court records.

Rose was driving a 2006 Jeep Liberty when he struck construction worker Peter Maglis, as the 63-year-old was working on the then-under-construction Nagel Road interchange. Maglis had been painting the underside of the bridge.

Also involved in the crash was Nathan Reese of Avon, who was driving a 2008 Honda Odyssey.

Reese was not charged in connection with the accident, court records showed.

Kenneth Ortner, Rose’s attorney, said his client braked suddenly after the Odyssey slowed down and clipped the back of the vehicle. That caused him to lose control of his Jeep and hit Maglis,  he said.

Ortner said his client took responsibility for his mistake.

“I’ve never had anybody who was more remorseful than Anthony was,” he said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.