ZION, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge says a man charged with reckless homicide in a 2015 crash that killed a 15-year-old girl and her father was given an “unbelievable deal” in his 90-day jail sentence.
Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Romano pleaded guilty to one count of reckless driving instead of reckless homicide under the negotiated deal. He will begin his jail sentence in November and also will serve two years’ probation.
Lake County Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti says she hopes Romano successfully completes his probation, although “it will never bring back the people” who lost their lives in crash.
Authorities say Romano’s vehicle struck another vehicle, which crashed into a pole, on Aug. 29, 2015. Fifty-year-old Christopher Winiewicz and his daughter, Haylie Winiewicz, died in the crash. His other daughter, Ashley Winiewicz, survived.