Dayton woman to serve two years for causing serious accident

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Heather Danielwicz, 28, of Dayton, to serve two years in prison for causing what he called “an incredibly serious collision” which injured four people in November 2013.

Prior to the incident, an Ohio State Highway Patrolman clocked Danielwicz traveling 92 miles per hour before slamming into the back of a vehicle on Interstate 75 on Nov. 23, 2013. The impact of the crash caused the vehicle to roll six times before coming to a stop. The victims, two mothers and their 12 year-old daughters were on their way to a Girl Scout event in Lima when the incident occurred.

Miami County assistant prosecutor Janna Parker asked for the high end of Danielwicz’s maximum sentence of 60 months in prison for the fourth degree felony aggravated vehicular assault charge. Parker said Danielwicz should be off the road and “not risking lives of people.” It was Danielwicz’s first felony charge, although Danielwicz has been charged with two additional drug-related charges following the incident.

Prior to sentencing, Danielwicz apologized to all four victims who appeared at the sentencing, saying, “I was reckless and I was careless.”

All four victims spoke about their physical and emotional pain they all still experience from the accident to this day.

Judge Christopher Gee told Danielwicz to use her prison time as an opportunity to make some changes in her life and to take advantage of programs and treatment to address her drug abuse while serving her mandatory sentence.

Danielwicz was also ordered to have her license suspended for two years and is not eligible for early release. She also will serve three years of mandatory post release control following her prison term.

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Danielwicz, 28, was traveling 92 mph on I-75 before she struck a vehicle from behind in 2013

By Melanie Yingst