Driver gets four months in jail for death of Collins passenger

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.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

 

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.

Comments

Concerned Resid...

I live on Greenwich Milan TL Road and it makes me sick to see how people drive down this road! Please remember that people live on this road and have children!! I remember the day of the accident and a neighbor saw the car heading south and he blew right through the stop sign at Zenobia road. There have been too many serious accidents in this area and of course, one fatality is too many. I don't think four months in jail is sufficient for the reckless way this guy operated this car. I do hope that he learned his lesson.

Concerned (Anon...

This is crazy! The way people think they can drive and go through life. I'm so sad for both families involved here. I hope that this just might be a wake-up call to such a young kid.

smalltowner (An...

4 MONTHS???????????????WOW, I guess If you want to get away with MURDER just use your car!!!!!!!!!!!! I feel sorry for the family of the victim ,this guy really got off easy.

Pay all people ...

The money should go to the funeral home.That way all who payed for this funeral gets there money back.Cuz there were alot of different people who payed 1000 or more so that this funeral could go on.This money needs to be put where it came from, and make sure it goes to the right people.Not his Mom.Because she could not afford this funeral, there were alot of people who made sure that he was buried in a honorable manner.He was a special kid, who was loved by all who knew him.Cuz mom will not give back to anyone.

Accidents do ha...

Several years ago my brother and his best friend were killed in an autombile accident. His best friend was driving, it was speed related. My mother could have sued for damages, but did not. She said if it had been a different day of the week, my brother would have been driving. It was an accident, it was not intentional.

me (Anonymous)

Steve is a messed up kid from a messed up family, but he has a good heart and would never have hurt anyone if he'd been smart enough to think about the consequences of his choices. I'm gratful someone in the court system took pity on him and only gave him four months. He can't spend enough time in jail to make up for the loss of his friend. Hopefully he'll live with this pain forever and that will make him turn his life around. Jail is not going to do it, but it is a good shock treatment for him and four months is plenty long enough to do the job. Steve deserves love and compassion, not hate. Hating him only makes the problem that brought him to this place worse. If you need to be angry with someone, be angry with his parents, and then be better to your kids than they were to theirs.

Whitney Boggs (...

This is for all you people who think Steven Maxey is going to spend enough time in jail.... WELL YOU ARE ALL WRONG!! I have known both of them for years, Mike was a very loved person to many people, not just his family. He had touched the hearts of many including myself. Mike did not deserve to die to his 'friend' in a car crash, just because Steve was dumb enough to tack his car out just to show off. Steve had just gotten his drivers lisence 7 days before he did this to my best friend. Even after Mike was buried, Steve continued to lie to all of us. That is highly uncalled for, and he should have had more time in jail. Yes, he has to live with killing his friend for the rest of his life, but shouldn't the rest of us get some say so in this. I bet Mike's mom, Betsy just loved the sentencing, I have also called her mom for a long time. I feel deep in my heart that Betsy should have been able to talk the judge into more time in jail for the monster that killed her one and only son. HEY Steve how does that make you feel?? Doesn't it just kill ya?? It kills me to know that after the four monthst that is going to be spent in jail that we will have a murderer back out on the streets... I bet it will make you think twice next time you think you want to be 'cool' won't it.... I HOPE YOU ROT IN H*LL BOY!!!

THE PRICE EVERY...

This is exactly why my daughter is absolutely not allowed in a vehicle with a teenager. This is a prime example of what happens when parents 'say' there child, in this case, foster child, has driven with the parent the hours that are mandated and knowing full well they didn't. OR They just let them wait till they turn 18 so they don't have to be bothered at all..This 'child', I say that loosely seeing as he surely didn't act like an adult, had no business driving a car of this caliber. And Steve gets 4 months...

Mike's mother came to my house not long after his funeral, I personally seen ALL the reports that were taken. He was driving 107.46 MPH. A WEEK WITH HIS LISENCE AND DRIVING AT THIS SPEED??? WTF??? And Steve gets 4 months?? He was driving so fast, not only did he hit Telephone poles and many trees, THE DAMN MOTOR FLEW OUT OF THE CAR!!! And Steve gets 4 months?

What was this kid thinking? Obviously he wasn't. Mike hit so hard when he was ejected from the vehicle, he literally flew out of his shoes. And Steve gets 4 months?

I repeat...107.46 Miles Per Hour....

I just happened to be in Whitney's room today, I looked at her calender, on the 18th day, it was marked...10 months....after I thought a minute I realized she was keeping track of Mike's death...That's a hell of a thing for a teenage girl to deal with. As a matter of fact, Mike was supposed to be her prom date this past Spring....THANK YOU STEVE, THAT NEVER HAPPENED. Steve gets 4 months??

I'm appalled at the sentencing this young man received...he took a life. His stupidity, his decisions, his arrogance took the life of another human being. All he gets is four months?? OH POOR STEVIE...HE GETS 4 MONTHS!!! WHAT ABOUT POOR MIKEY, WHAT ABOUT POOR BETSY, DWIGHT, HIS SISTER?? WHAT ABOUT MIKEY'S FRIENDS??? AND STEVE GETS 4 MONTHS?? WHAT ABOUT THE NEXT TIME THIS LITTLE ASSHOLE DECIDES TO PUSH THE LIMITS OF A 'MUSCLE CAR' THAT HIS DAD THINKS IT'S COOL FOR HIM TO DRIVE. COME ON JUDGE, THINK ABOUT THIS A MINUTE, WHAT IF IT WERE YOUR CHILD IN THE PASSENGER SEAT???? AND STEVIE GETS 4 MONTHS????

Unknown (Anonymous)

It is a sad story for both families in this case. The most of all The 'Algyres' they have lost a good kid. I remember when I was about Steve's age. I was driving a 1967 Chevy impala. I took a really good friend of mine home from a party because I said I would be there for him when he needed me. so i drove him home. on the way home I decided to show off my car. but I was going 125mph down a road hit a pot hole and blown my tire and hit a tree on the passenger side my really good friend died instantly. the last words that he said to me moments before he died, was that he didn't care how many people would ever hate me that he would be there for me no matter what physically or spiritually i went through hard times when i went back to school. i am 47 years old now and i still remember that day. at that age to see a god awful sight. i have been scar for the rest of my life. there were times when i thought about killing myself but didn't because all i could think about is my best friend and how he would hate me in the after life. i give the family of mike algyre my heart i give the other half of my heart to the kid that was there and seen every thing. i will never forgive myself for that day. kid if u read this please don't think to commit suicide think of ur friend and how he would hate u even more if u took ur life also. even though every one is very young and they don't know what u feel like until they walk in your shoes for that particularly moment. u lost a very good friend that day. time is all it will take for u to recover. i am 47 years old and i am almost recovered from my accident.

A mother of 3 (...

The last thing i would do is make it harder for steve after the accident. You cant bring mike back if they did work out like that then everyone would be happier. i was i could bring back some old friends that died but i cant. Accidents do happen and what seems to be very often is there were two young boys in this vehicle. Lets picture this what would have happened if Mike were in Steve's shoes having a good time. And Steve had to pay the ultimate price for what mike did how do u think he would felt about that and all Steve's friends would be highly upset. the story would be still the same. I am a proud mother of 3 and all of them are boys i would have to say boys will be boys. but my heart goes to the mother from another mother but no amount of jail time being 4 months or 20 years it still isn't going to bring back a young boy. And Steve don't do anything stupid to hurt yourself u probably feel really bad about the loss of your friend. times are going to be very hard for you but they should fade away after about 3 to 6 years. i feel sorry for what the family's are going through right now. but give the guy a little break its bad enough he is probably going through alot of stress and mental scaring from this. my hearts with both families right now.

Preist (Anonymous)

car accident= some one dying

You are driving a car and some one dies= your a murder

That is a very hurtful word

That is a very powerful word meaning the taker of life. In this case a young soul was lost and yet the driver is a murder. That is very wrong in the bible to accuse a young man of doing of such a thing when it clearing was a accident. Michael you are in a better place now. without sins and deaths you are in heaven my son. Steve i will pray for you to over come such a awful thing. I hope you are able to over come such a thing. My Heart goes out to both families. Steve only time will heal you my son. I will pray for you every day.

What good are y...

What good are you doing by filling your lives with hate towards this driver? Would your friend want you to? If he was as sweet and caring as you make him sound, I don't think he would want you to go through life being bitter and hateful. This was a terrible, TERRIBLE, tragedy, but hating this kid isn't going to bring your friend back. I understand it is part of the grieving process, but I truly think that your healing will only begin when forgiveness does. This kid didn't get the sentancing that you hoped for, but everything happens for a reason and sometimes you just have to put faith in that. Maybe he has changed and will continue on in his life to do good things in the name of your friend. And if he doesn't? He will answer to a higher power, but it isn't for us to take care of. Bottom line is you need to make your life happier in the name of Michael. He would want that.

Michael would h...

Michael would have said.....What the hell are you thinkin'? Michael was more responsible than that. I've seen Steve quite a few times since this tragedy, seems like every day life is good to him and he has no worries. He can't even bring himself to tell the truth about the whole ordeal.

From the front page....Man gets 2 years for purse snatching....Man gets 10 months for a B&E...

AND STEVE GETS 4 MONTHS FOR VEHICULAR HOMOCIDE???

A friend to bot...

You can hate steve all you want, It won't change anything. What would you do if he killed himself. Nothing you would all be mad because you didn't have a say in it. Why are people so selfish. You all act like Mike was the most responsible person you ever met. If you really knew him and hung out with him you would know some of the stupid stuff he did and just because you have someone to blame, no one knows what what really happend in that car except Mike and Steve. You don't know what Mike is feeling right now. You don't know if the reason he only got that amount of time is because he made it that way. You don't know if it was his time and if that didn't happen your life could be more messed up then it currently is. Think before you talk.

U.S. Army (Anon...

Alright...You people who are posting these crazy posts about this young guy being a murderer and all other sorts of stuff about his jail time. Put yourself in this guys shoes once...Let me ask you all who say your this Steve guys friend...Why during the past months leading up to his sentencing or what not do you bring up the accident to this young man. Hes going thru way more than any of you can think of like the 47 yr. old man said a few posts down...I had a friend die in a motorcycle accident which happend with one of our best friends...Not once do i think that anyone ever asked him what happend..It was obviously an accident thats why it was put in the police blotter for an accident RIGHT?? All you people need to DIG DEEP and keep all your outlandish comments to yourself. It was a life lesson for this young man who had to learn the hard way. If you people think this is the last accident like this your crazy. This stuff happens everyweekend sometime with consequences and sometimes w/o. I just hope the youngsters that are growing up have a little more sense to drive safe. But when you all say you wont let your kids drive til thier 18...THATS CRAZY....If you think your kid will ever learn from waiting til he/she is 18 they just have more temptations to get the thrill on the road wether you think they will or not!!!

I get on the computer everyday to check up on whats going on back home. Im stationed overseas, and all i've seen out of this Reflector BLOGGING is a bunch of immature self centered pricks that don't care what they post on here because no one will ever do anything to them...Its the internet...If this was my site I would eliminate all articles that have possibilities of discrimination on anyone or anything. Its a bunch of garbage that I see in here. I'm glad i got my life straight and got outta that town you people are disgusting.

May GOD BLESS this family of the young man who passed!! RIP MIKE

Pray for our TROOPS!!! THANKS

mnmksd (Anonymous)

i didnt know either one of these young boys...however my cousin was in a similar accident in sept and his best friend was killed and it was his friend that was driving ...same situation no drugs or alcohol was a factor just 2 boys out hot roddin it...to make this boy pay for his friends funeral is disgusting....he will live with this for the rest of his life...THEY were together and it was a chance THEY BOTH took being out like that!!! to the families of both boys i'm sorry for your loss....

To A friend to ...

This was a friend to both Michael and Steve... I have hung out with the both of them. I dated one of them and I know some of the stupid crap they do. But, to tack out your car after only having your license for only 7 days... That is Bullsh*t... I'm tired of people feeling bad for little Steve, he lied to many of us after the crash, but the police reports weren't lying to me when I read them personally. People keep saying on here all of us should stop accusing and badgering Steve.... WELL HE WAS THE ONE WHO KILLED OUR BEST FRIEND!!! Hello. Yeah, Steve may have to live with this for the rest of his life, well all of his other friends do to, whether we killed him or not, don't you think we're hurt too. It has been almost 10 months, and I'm still mourning. I was hoping that Mike would be there to support me on my Graduation day, doesn't look like that is going to happen now. I was just recently having a conversation with a person i have known for a few years getting their opinion on this case, and come to find out they also have an uncle, who did ACCIDENTLY committed this same crime. GUESS how much this man did in the slammer....? 5 YEARS people, and little Steve gets 4 short months.... com'mon guys, you need to be showing more compation for Mike and his family, than this little snotty nose brat. ~~WB~~

What good are y...

No where did it say that I felt sorry for Steve did it? I'm just saying that the hatred will get you nowhere. And trust me...it won't. You need to quit lashing out at people and get some couciling. The way you are feeling right now is no way to live the rest of your lives. It will do no good for you or the people that love you. Get a grip before you are consumed. ps: Everyone makes mistakes. You never know what mistakes Michael could have made, or what mistakes you may make in the future. No one is perfect.

PAY ALL INVOLVE...

WHY DOES MOM GET THE MONEY FOR THE FURNERAL?SHE DIDNT PAY FOR IT. THE JUDGE SHOULD GIVE THE MONEY TO THE FUNERAL HOME.THAT WAY THEY CAN PAY ALL THE PEOPLE WHO PAID FOR THE FUNERAL.I FEEL FOR HIS MOM, BUT SHE IS AFTER THE MONEY!SHE DOESNT OWE FOR THIS.SHE WILL NOT USE THE THE MONEY FOR THE FUNERAL, CUZ MOST PEOPLE HAD ALREADY PAID WITH THERE OWN MONEY.$1000.OO OR MORE FOR ONE PERSON.ALL THIS MONEY SHOULD GO BACK TO THE ONES WHO PAID FOR THE FUNERAL, CUZ THERE WOULDNT HAVE BEEN A FUNERAL WITHOUT THEM.MAKE SURE MICHAELS MOM PAYS THESE PEOPLE..HIS MOM IS GONNA BUY HERSELF A CAR, AND STUFF FOR HERSELF.THIS IS ABOUT MICHAEL, NOT HER SELF.SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE SHOULD DO.BUT SHE WONT.

re: pay all inv...

Did you pony up $1,000.00 for the funeral? If not don't worry about it. If you did and you are that worried about it then you shouldn't have gave any money towards the funeral because you did not do it for the right reason if you are expecting to get paid back unless you had an agreement with the mother for her to pay you back. If you gave out of the kindness of your heart to make sure he was buried then let it go at that!

WOW (Anonymous)

I don't like some of what I read on all of these posts but this I know. This truly allows people to voice what is inside of them.

Meanwhile... (A...

If the dead gentleman was an unwed father or a Mexican or a heroin addict people would be calling for his head on a stick.

I hate Norwalk.

disgusted (Anon...

Hate? That's all you can manage? I understand these teens are angry, but if they are going to grow up loving hate then this world is in bad shape and we should all pray we join Mike soon. Maybe we should all just have one giant car accident and kill off the planet. All your hate is doing is killing us slowly, and I didn't ask for that. The parents of these teens should be ashamed of themselves for teaching their children to love hate. I think these kids need to be put in homes where they learn love. How'd you like that, hate loving parents?

And if you're going to post here, take an English class first. Grammer and punctuation are not that difficult of concepts to grasp. Do you have no idea of how stupid you look? How can we take anything you say seriously if you can't write it correctly?

I know I sound right now just as arrogant and self rightous as the haters posting here, and I'm ashamed of that, but I stand by my premise that if you can't write correctly, you shouldn't write at all.

Timothy (Anonymous)

I agree with you disgusted. Oh, by the way, I think it's grammar, but the point remains the same. I usually stop reading a post after the second spelling error. If their spelling and grammar is so bad, how can they possibly have thought of a valid comment?

Whitney (Anonymous)

Timothy and Disgusted, I think you two should be the one's ashamed here. If you guys didn't know the victim or the one who committed the crime you shouldn't be posting on here. Especially giving lessons on how to write a comment, or whining about people's spelling and grammar.I knew both of them, and unfortunately, I had a fling with the one who did it. There are some nights I still cry myself to sleep over the death of my best friend.

If people choose to love hate, then let them!!

Whitney

swiss family (A...

sorry "Whitney" but you are wrong.. no one need's to know the "victim" or the "driver" personally to be able to comment on this story.. anyone who drives on the roads, or has loved ones that do, is a definate target to bad drivers such as this guy..so everyone is at risk, and everyone has the right to feel threatened, and has the right to comment. i think that what happened to these two guys is a terrible thing, and i feel badly for the families of both , but anyone who drives so fast and wreckless, is not only a threat to themselves, but they pose a fatal threat to anyone who is on the roads at that time.

Dear Whitney: (...

You need to put the energy you are using to hate someone towards something productive. Perhaps speaking to schools about the risks of wreckless driving? Whatever your choice I am sure you will feel much better than lashing out at strangers. Go get some therapy, you sound very disturbed.

This is very sa...

This is very sad, nothing will change the outcome. Both young men were at fault. Michael was not wearing a seatbelt and he got into the car willingly. Steven was speeding and not an experienced driver. This was an accident.

Beth (Anonymous)

What I don't understand is why do they even make cars be able to go that fast? The highest speed limit I know of is 75, but I don't travel so it might be more...But to make a car even be able to go 100mph is stupid, since it's not legal to go that fast anywhere.

swiss family......

i saw on last night's news that the state highway patrol stopped LaBron James going 101 mph on rt#71 south last week !!!! 101 !!!!!!! that shouldn't just be considered speeding at that point.. i think the speed limit there was 65...James basically says.. my bad.. i will pay the fine.. i mean it's not like i was drunk or anything!!! tahat a pretty "Cavelier" attitude... pun intended... i think he should do some jail time for being that much over the limit.. but i don't think he is even going to go to the hearing, he said he will just pay the fine... i really dodn't think this is justice.. i think that going 36 mph over the speed limit, no matter who you are , you deserve jail time

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