33-year-old gets one year in jail for causing crash that killed Fenton native

Ryan Zandstra was driving this pickup truck when he crashed into 19-year-old Tyler Jelinek's car on I-96, killing the teen.
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FENTON (WJRT) (4/10/2019) - A Grand Rapids man will serve jail time for his role in a crash that killed a 19-year-old Fenton High School graduate.

Tyler Jelinek was driving home from Grand Valley State University last August when police say Ryan Zandstra rear-ended him on I-96, pushing his car into another vehicle.

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The 33-year-old was found guilty of a misdemeanor moving violation in February and was sentenced Wednesday to one year behind bars. If Zandstra successfully completes his probation, the last six months of jail time will be waived.

He's also facing an OWI charge in Ottawa County involving a single vehicle crash on March 9th, 2019. He entered a not guilty plea to that offense.

Jelinek's father, Terry, said police told him Zandstra admitted to taking his eyes off the road just before the crash while he bent down to pick up a pack of cigarettes.

Tyler was driving back to Fenton from Grand Valley State University, where he had met up with friends for their fantasy football league picks.