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Teen driver pleads guilty in crash that permanently injured two friends

Jerry John had nine people in his pickup truck last summer when he lost control and crashed into a tree. One of his passengers remains in a coma. Another lost an arm and leg as a result of the crash.

John, 19, of Perrysburg, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court Friday to vehicular assault in the first degree and faces the possibility of up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced April 26.

John told Justice Christopher J. Burns that he had been drinking before he lost control of the truck at 7:46 a.m.  July 17 while driving on Versailles Plank Road near Cayuga in the Town of Brant. John reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.101 percent at the time.

Five of the nine passengers in the pickup were riding in the bed of the truck and some were thrown from the vehicle when it hit  the tree while traveling at 52 mph.

Assistant District Attorney Lauren Nash said two of those passengers were seriously injured

Aaron Henhawk suffered traumatic head injuries and remains in a coma, she said.

Another passenger, Isabella Silverheels, had one arm and one leg amputated.

Nash also noted that John is continuing to receive treatment for injuries he suffered in the crash and Burns allowed him to remain free on bail until sentencing.


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