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Norwalk driver sent to prison for injury crash

Cary Ashby • Feb 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM

A Norwalk driver who was highly intoxicated when he injured two people in a collision last summer was sentenced to almost five years in prison this week.

Bryan D. Lindenberger, 25, pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to one count each of aggravated vehicular assault and attempted aggravated vehicular assault. The convictions relate to two Milan men who were injured in the July 13 head-on collision in Erie County: Zachary Frederick, 16, and his passenger, Lawrence J. Schell, 80, a retired attorney.

The Sandusky post of the state Highway Patrol determined Lindenberger's blood-alcohol content tested at .331 percent -- more than four times the legal limit of .08 percent.

In early August, an Erie County grand jury indicted Lindenberger on two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Lindenberger appeared Monday before Judge Roger Binnette, who sentenced him to four years and 11 months in prison. The defendant can apply for early release after 18 months.

The head-on collision happened July 13 on Kelley Road between Strecker and Bryan roads in Milan Township.

A LifeFlight helicopter flew Schell from the scene to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo with serious injuries. A news report indicates the victim "was hospitalized for months" and used a walker and leg braces to appear Monday in Erie County Common Pleas Court.

Lindenberger and Frederick were treated for minor injuries and released that same day.

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