Man Faces Prison Term In Fatal Crash

Man Faces Prison Term In Fatal Crash

Posted: Updated: Apr 13, 2018 03:04 PM

A 23 year old man faces at least a couple of years in prison, after a crash in which his passenger was killed.

Mathew Schweinsberg pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular manslaughter in Lewis County court Friday morning. He'll be sentenced to 2 to 6 years in state prison in July.

Schweinsberg was behind the wheel of a pickup truck last November 12 on Soft Maple Road in the town of New Bremen when the truck went off the road and smashed into a tree.

The passenger, Andrew Freeman, 21, was killed. Another female passenger was injured.

"When good friends go out and drink together and an accident occurs and one of them gets killed, it's always like, you kill your buddy," said Lewis County Public Defender Gary Miles.

Schweinsberg was initially charged with driving while intoxicated, along with vehicular manslaughter.

In court, it was said Schweinsberg's blood alcohol level was .12 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.

"He's very remorseful obviously to have injured the passenger and incredibly remorseful at the death of his good friend, Mr. Freeman," said Miles.

He will be sentenced July 13. Schweinsberg will be eligible for parole after two years.

Whenever he's released from prison, Andrew Freeman's family has an order of protection for him to stay away.

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