Defendant Steven V. Maxey cried Wednesday morning as he described the victim in his aggravated vehicular homicide case as a friend.
"There was a lot of crying and sobbing in court," said Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler, who recommended a six-month jail term.
Maxey, 19, of Columbus, was sentenced to four months in the Huron County Jail for the March 18 death of his passenger, Michael W. Allgyre, 18, of Collins. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway also fined Maxey $500 and suspended his driver's license for three years.
The judge further ordered the defendant to pay about $4,500 to reimburse Allgyre's family for burial expenses.
Allgyre, of 2971 Court Road, was not wearing his seat belt during the Greenwich Milan Townline Road crash. He was ejected from the vehicle that Maxey drove between 70 mph and 100 mph, state troopers said.
Leffler earlier described Maxey's 1993 Dodge Stealth as a "muscle car."
A medical helicopter flew Allgyre from the crash site with serious injuries to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. He died about five hours later.
Allgyre, an automotive mechanic, was a former employee of Norwalk Raceway Park. He had attended Western Reserve High School.
Maxey was heading south when his car went off the left side of the road. It hit a tree and utility pole before going airborne. The Dodge then hit several more trees before it hit a ditch and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels on the east side of the road.
North Central EMS transported Maxey, who was using his seat belt, to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with minor injuries to his head and face. Lt. Jim Bryan, the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post commander, has said there were no indications drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.