(11/19/12) - More than two years after a deadly car accident, there is resolution in the courtroom, but the pain continues for the families and friends of the victim - and the man going to prison.
A 26-year-old woman died in the Saginaw County accident and her boyfriend, who was driving the SUV, was criminally charged.
He was sentenced to prison Monday, in a case that has brought plenty of sorrow for two families.
This crash happened in April 2010, at an intersection where people who live nearby tell us there have been other bad accidents there. But in this one, the pain continues.
"You get that call at 8 o'clock at night, you never think it's going to happen to you," said Jedd Heinz.
It did happen to Heinz back on April 16, 2010. His daughter, 26-year-old Nicole Mika was killed in an accident at the corner of Swan Creek and Miller Roads in James Township.
Jeremy Nachtman, Nicole's boyfriend, was driving the SUV, with Mika in the passenger seat, as it pulled out in front of a pick-up truck. He plead no contest to driving with a suspended license causing death and injuries.
Mika's 4-year-old son, along with three other people, were injured in the crash.
"To lose any child is devastating, let alone almost losing my grandchild at the same time," Heinz said.
"I know you are angry," he said. "It was a tragic accident, I didn't try to pull out in front of someone and try to get someone killed. I'm sorry for your guys loss. I lost out that day too. My daughter was in the car, my wife is having seizures, I'm trying to raise, we have twelve kids together, I want to go get my time done and over with, because I was wrong."
Nachtman was sentenced to at least four years in prison, leaving two of his sons, and his wife, in tears.
"My life revolves around our children. I think that's the only thing that is going to get me by," said Nachtman's wife, Victoria.
Heinz says memories of his daughter help him get by.
"To go through something like that, there is never a healing process that can cure it, you have to live with it for the rest of your life," he said.
While Nachtman was sentenced to at least four years in prison, the maximum sentence is set at 30 years.
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