A central Ohio man has been ordered to three and a half years behind bars for killing a 16-year-old student driver in a crash that investigators blame on texting and driving.
According to the Associated Press, the judge opted for a prison term for the instructor, Daniel Jacobs, 58, because he has not fully accepted that distracted driving was the sole cause of the crash.
According to police, Jacobs' car swerved off Interstate 270 on July 1, 2010, and slammed into a car parked on the berm. Dalton Ludwig, the student driver, was killed and his instructor was injured.
Investigators were able to find out that Jacobs had been texting close to the time of the crash by obtaining cell phone records. He insisted that a blown tire also contributed to the fatal accident.
Jacobs pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide.
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