Driver guilty in fatal wrong-way crash given max sentence

The wrong-way driver found guilty of vehicular homicide in a fatal crash on Oct. 15, 2011 was given the maximum prison sentence.

Almost a year after a wrong-way crash took the life of a father and injured his family on I-75, the driver responsible was given the maximum prison sentence in Lucas County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.

According to court documents, a judge sentenced 35-year-old Christopher Jones to 5 years in prison on one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and 18 months each for two counts of vehicular assault. He had pleaded no contest.

The crash occurred on I-75 near the Phillips Avenue exit on Oct. 15. Police said Jones was driving south in the northbound lanes when he collided with a car driven by Dawn Lerma of Toledo. Lerma's passenger, 37-year-old Matthew Davis, was killed on impact.

Three children in the back of the vehicle were also injured during the crash.

While Jones had no illegal drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the wrong-way crash, the judge cited his prior traffic offenses of speeding and a drunk driving arrest as evidence of recklessness behind the wheel, according to The Blade.