October 20, 2014

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Grafton man sentenced in fatal 2012 crash

ELYRIA — A Grafton man was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for causing a fatal 2012 car crash.

Timothy Ropchock, 42, also was banned from driving for life during his sentencing hearing before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski.

Ropchock pleaded guilty in May to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and DUI in connection with the crash, which claimed the life of South Amherst auto shop owner Glenn Angney.

According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, Ropchock was driving a 2012 Dodge Avenger north on state Route 58 when he crossed the center line and struck the 58-year-old Angney’s 1986 Volkswagen Rabbit.

Troopers reported Ropchock had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22, well above the legal driving limit of 0.08.

  • golfingirl

    Two years in prison?

    Did I read that correctly?

  • fun man

    wow that’s all he got not gonna vote for that judge again

  • Teasa Hoyt

    2 years in prison but living with it for the rest of his life. Knowing your actions took another persons life is punishment in itself in my opinion. I personally know Tim. He is a great person and a wonderful father of 2 amazing boys. This accident happened 2 years ago and to this day it still haunts Tim. This shows how quickly your life can change by one mistake. He made a very bad decision that so many people make everyday. It doesn’t matter who you are, this can happen to anyone. I hope people will open their eyes to drinking and driving. If you don’t have respect for your own life then at least have some respect for another’s. I hope the family of Glenn can finally move on and heal now that they have closure. They may not be happy with the sentencing, but I do hope it brings them so sort of peace of mind.