Man sentenced for fatally hitting 17-year-old girl with truck in Eastlake

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EASTLAKE, Ohio-- The man accused of hitting and killing a 17-year-old girl with his truck was sentenced Wednesday afternoon.

Eric Jones

Eric Jones, 27, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence in the death of Maddisan Chase.

Lake County Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell sentenced Jones to eight and a half years in prison. His driver's license will also be suspended for the rest of his life.

Chase, a North High School student, was walking to work along Vine Street in Eastlake on June 5 when she was struck. Police said Jones went off the side of the road and hit Chase then crashed into a utility pole.

Maddisan Chase

"She gave her friends hope. She always told them, 'Don't be sorry, be better,'" said Rose Durkin, Maddisan's mother,  through tears.

Jones told the judge he didn't sleep the night before the crash because he was on methamphetamine. He said he took Xanax, which is used to treat anxiety, that day.

Jones previously served a year and a half in prison for receiving stolen property, and was released early.

"You want a second chance at life? I feel you had one. You're on your third chance. You played Russian roulette with my daughter's life that morning," Durkin said.

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