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Akron man gets jail for leaving scene of drunk-driving collision

An Akron man who drove drunk and fled the scene of an injury accident was sentenced to the maximum of one year in jail Wednesday, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Matthew Jendresky, 40, was sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. Jendresky had pleaded guilty in May to leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it, a felony, and to driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.

On Oct. 9, 2018, just before 8 p.m., Jendresky was driving his pickup truck under the influence of alcohol when he crossed the center lane of Clarence Center Road in the Town of Newstead and drove into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision with a Prius at the Cummings Road intersection. A woman was driving the Prius with two children, 8 and 6 years old, in the back seat. Jendresky struck the woman's vehicle a second time when he fled the scene.

Jendresky was found a short distance away. After parking his vehicle in a Cummings Road driveway and fleeing into the woods nearby, he was located about 90 minutes later. Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn commended Officer Scott Johnson of the Akron Police Department as well as State Troopers Daniel Schneeberger and Robert Murtha for their work in locating the defendant immediately following the collision.

The 8-year-old suffered a large cut on her forehead and was taken to Oishei Children's Hospital where it took multiple sutures to close the wound.

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