2009-08-13 / Local & State

Man Gets 41/2 To 10 Years In Fatal Central Pa. Crash

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 41/2 to 10 years in state prison in a December 2007 crash that killed a friend.

Lancaster County Judge James P. Cullen imposed the term Friday on 41-year-old Richard Prokay, who pleaded guilty in May to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Prokay, of New Providence, told the judge that he and 80- year-old John Yaremchak were best friends. He said Yaremchak "is dearly missed by me.''

Defense attorney Beverly Rampaul told the judge that her client suffered a crushed hip and rib cage and a punctured lung in the crash. Another passenger was also seriously injured.

Police said Prokay's blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.18 percent, more than twice the state's legal limit.

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