The father and stepfather of the victim had asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence on the defendant.
By PEGGY SINKOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- A Niles man who pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Judge John Stuard sentenced Fred R. Brinsky Jr., 44, of North Lakeview Avenue, Niles, during a brief hearing Thursday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
Brinsky could have received up to eight years in prison.
Atty. Ken Bailey, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, said Brinsky was driving on Salt Springs Road around 9:40 p.m. May 19 when he went left of center and struck a car driven by Taylor L. Veisz, 19, of Youngstown.
Veisz died a few hours after the crash, Bailey said.
Bailey noted that a passenger in Brinsky's vehicle, Scott Ritchie, 28, of Youngstown, was also injured in the crash and spent several days in the hospital, officials said.
Defendant's statement: "I'm very aware that I committed this horrible, senseless act," Brinsky said before sentencing. "Being a father myself, I know that there is no greater loss then for a parent to lose a child. If this would have happened to my daughter, I don't think I could find it in my heart to forgive someone who committed such a horrible act."
Brinsky also turned and faced Veisz's relatives and apologized.
"If I could trade places with her, I would," Brinsky said. "I know you hate me and I don't blame you."
Brinsky also apologized to his own family and friends.
Victim's family: Ken Veisz, Taylor's father, and David Jackson, Taylor's stepfather, urged the judge to give Brinsky the maximum prison term.
"The minimum sentence doesn't cut it," Ken Veisz said. He added that his daughter was a college student and had a "bright future."
Sherron Jackson, the victim's mother, said the pain she has suffered since her daughter died is worse than anything she could imagine.
"I wouldn't wish this on anybody, not even you, Mr. Brinsky," Mrs. Jackson said. "The pain doesn't get better -- you just have to try to live around the edges of your heart."