Man likely to face jail in ATV crash near New Philadelphia

Associated Press

NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO: A young eastern Ohio man is likely facing prison time after causing an all-terrain vehicle accident that left a 17-year-old friend with critical head injuries.

The Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia reports that 19-year Zachary Ayers pleaded no contest this week to vehicular assault. A prosecutor said the plea agreement likely will result in a sentence of nine months in prison and two years of probation.

He’ll be sentenced March 20.

Prosecutors said Ayers’ blood alcohol level was 0.117 when he drove the ATV off a gravel road near New Philadelphia on Sept. 3. The vehicle hit a ditch and overturned, throwing the two teens off.

The passenger, Quenten Fabiano, is still recovering at a rehabilitation center.

Fabiano’s parents said they didn’t want to see Ayers face more serious charges.


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