Norwalk driver sent to prison for injury crash

Man was more than four times the legal limit in crash that injured retired attorney and teen.
Cary Ashby
Feb 7, 2013

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.

Comments

inquiringmind

Can't quite make up my mind about this. On one hand, the man shouldn't have been driving drunk!! On the other hand, I wonder what kind of a sentence he would have gotten if it had been a "nobody" he hit instead of a lawyer. Do not get me wrong, I feel sorry for the victim, but I think there are people out there who have killed someone by driving drunk and not gotten this much of a sentence.

WASP71

I thought the same thing....

WASP71

I thought the same thing....

tadpole

So who is this guy? I've never heard of him.

Brock Lee

wtf if it here he gotten a slap an let go

TheGreatYoda

smh Mr. Lindenburger.. Thats what steroids will make you do..

mojorising

Steroids? All his money went to alcohol.

TheGreatYoda

And steroids.. I knew him from high school. I didn't attend his school but I knew of him from parties. He wasn't that jacked in school, and just all of the sudden blows up? NOT NATURAL!

mojorising

Anybody can assume what they want, but steroids couldn't be farther from the truth. He has a serious alcohol problem and will now have to atone for his mistakes.

TheGreatYoda

So alcohol builds muscle mass????!! Ill have to keep that in mind next time I go to the bar and order a drink, I will have them make it EXTRA STRONG!

WASP71

I don't know about muscle mass, but it gives you Tennis Elbow!

TheGreatYoda

Lol. According to @mojorising I was just making a joke out of it !!

mojorising

There sure is a lot of conjecture and assumption coming from a person who can't even spell his name right. I personally knew him very well, all the way from childhood. For some time I would consider him one of my best friends. I stuck up for him and tried to keep him out of trouble, but it was clear he was fighting a personal battle. It was hard to recognize the fact that he was an alcoholic as a kid because obviously the whole objective for most around those ages was to get drunk and party. It became readily apparent that he had a problem when people were growing up around him and he was drinking alone. I hate to admit the fact that I gave up on him, but I did. I spoke with him after his sentencing and he was nothing but remorseful. He knows he has to pay the price for his personal demons. Bryan said it best himself that it would be the best place for him. Hes a bright guy with a college degree that unfortunately has a serious addiction. I personally witnesssed his transformation into what he was before the accident and i would have to agree with his assessment. Good luck Bryan, I hope this helps you. Oh, and it's not the best to kick a man while he is down, I can assure you that steroids was never part of his life. At one point he was extremely hard working and dedicated.

TheGreatYoda

I don't recall the reflector website hosting a spelling bee, so who gives a Sh** if I spelled his name wrong. Let the kid rot!!! I hope he sits out his full time!! HE COULD HAVE KILLED THOSE TWO INNOCENT PEOPLE!!!

mojorising

I agree with you, he deserves to be where he is.

TheGreatYoda

Glad we could AGREE on SOMETHING!

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meb1972

Many peoples lives will be saved by keeping this man in jail and not behind a vehicle. Hopefully he never drives again!!