ELYRIA — A six-year prison sentence and a lifetime ban on driving for the man who killed Neil Jalowiec in a drunken driving crash last year wasn’t enough for Jalowiec’s family.
“My dad believed in the system and the system failed him,” Jalowiec’s daughter, Leesha Doehr, said as she and other family members filed out of Lorain Common Pleas Judge Edward Zaleski’s courtroom in tears on Monday.
Doehr and her family had asked Zaleski to impose the maximum prison sentence of 10 years on Emelio Hernandez Perez, the 24-year-old Mexican national who was behind the wheel of the Jeep Grand Cherokee that plowed into the back of Jalowiec’s Buick LeSabre on Dec. 15.
Perez was at more than twice the legal drinking limit when the crash occurred. Witnesses said he was weaving through traffic and didn’t hit the brakes before slamming into Jalowiec’s vehicle, which was stopped at a traffic light at state Route 57 and West River Road.
Jalowiec died of internal chest and abdominal injuries, while Hernandez Perez was treated and released from the hospital.
“My life is forever changed because of a drunk Mr. Perez, who got behind the wheel of a killing machine and murdered my husband,” Jalowiec’s wife of 42 years, Raeme Jalowiec, said during Monday’s hearing. Her hands shook as she spoke...