- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 22, 2015

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A 40-year-old Indiana man who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in a distracted driving crash that killed a 13-year-old western Michigan boy has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Hudsonville District Judge Kenneth Post told Travis Fox that there’s “no sentence I could render that’s going to heal the hurt.”

The Grand Rapids Press reports (https://bit.ly/1Olpcgl ) the Crown Point man’s probation includes Fox speaking to high school and college students about the dangers of distracted driving.

Police were told Fox was eating a sandwich and checking a GPS while driving Aug. 3 on Interstate 196 in Georgetown Township, southwest of Grand Rapids. David Talsma of Hudsonville was in the backseat of a vehicle that was struck in the crash.

Before Tuesday’s hearing, Fox embraced Talsma’s father and apologized.


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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