A Lorain man was sentenced Thursday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to three years in prison for a car crash last year that killed William Fekete.
Ryan Fye, 21, also lost his driving privileges for life during his court appearance, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office.
Jack Bradley, Fye’s defense attorney, said he’s hopeful that his client will be granted early release later this year, but that will depend on how Fye does behind bars.
Bradley said Fye apologized during the hearing to Fekete’s family, who had wanted him to serve prison time for the March 23, 2013, crash.
“It was a tragedy for both families,” Bradley said.
Fye pleaded guilty in April to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and other charges in connection with the crash, which took place in the Bradley Woods Reservation in Westlake.
Fye had been inducted as a new member into a group of car enthusiasts known as Team Adrenaline Obsessions at a meeting before the crash, Bradley wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed in the case.
According to Cleveland Metroparks rangers, Fye was driving his 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle. The car went off the road and struck a tree.
Fekete, a 22-year-old Elyrian, was killed in the crash, while three other passengers, Molly Suydam of Wellington, Kevin Gonzales of Liverpool Township and Brooke Schoewe of Wakeman were all injured. Fye was treated and released from the hospital.
Rangers investigating the crash said they found no evidence of drug or alcohol use by Fye.
A lawsuit over the crash is pending.