Rodney Haskell, initially facing two counts of vehicular homicide, pleaded guilty last month in the death of David Lee Williams Jr., 35, prosecutors said.
Haskell, 36, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to eight years in prison, followed by seven on probation, said Assistant District Attorney Wesley Lambertus.
Haskell was indicted for vehicular homicide in two different ways. He only pleaded guilty to one of the counts on Feb. 19, the prosecutor said.
Williams had been the passenger in a 2001 Hyundai Elantra headed south on the interstate spur after midnight on April 16 when it came upon a stopped tractor-trailer just south of the St. Marys Road exit, authorities said.
The vehicle Williams was in drove into the back of the stopped 18-wheeler, Haskell’s indictment states. Haskell had a blood alcohol content level of .08.