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Published: Tuesday, 2/4/2014

Sentencing slated for March 12 in fatal U.S. 20 crash


NORWALK, Ohio — A driver who pleaded guilty to charges related to the death of a Bellevue, Ohio, woman in a car crash will be sentenced next month.

Morgan Jevec, 24, of Massillon, Ohio, will be sentenced March 12 in Huron County Common Pleas Court, where last week he pleaded guilty to five felonies related to a fatal September crash.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault, a count of aggravated vehicular assault, and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, according to court records.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said his office and the defense made a joint recommendation for a 15-year prison sentence.

Tracy Albright, 36, of Bellevue was killed after a car driven by Jevec smashed into the back of her vehicle. She had stopped at a traffic light on westbound U.S. 20 at North Sandusky Street in Bellevue when she was rear-ended by Jevec, who also was driving west.

Jevec’s car crossed the intersection and struck another car whose driver was treated at the scene and released. Three passengers in Jevec’s car were seriously injured, Mr. Leffler said.

He said investigators determined the driver’s blood-alcohol level to be at least .136, over Ohio’s legal limit of .08. Jevec was supposed to be the designated driver for his passengers that night, Mr. Leffler said. The group was coming from a tavern in Norwalk and were staying at a motel north of Norwalk, but the prosecutor said that they somehow ended up “roaring from Monroeville to Bellevue.”

A Bellevue police officer clocked Jevec driving 78 miles per hour about a minute before the collision, which caused both his car and Ms. Albright’s vehicle to catch fire.

Jevec was to remain lodged at the Huron County Jail until his sentencing. His attorney, David Longo, could not be reached for comment.

Contact Vanessa McCray at: vmccray@theblade.com or 419-724-6065, or on Twitter @vanmccray.

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