Tallmadge woman pleads guilty in deadly car crash case

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- A Treat Road resident who killed a 55-year-old Akron woman after driving drunk the wrong way on Interstate 76 last September has pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony charge of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Phyllis J. Treich, 62, also pleaded guilty Feb. 15 in Summit County Common Pleas Court to operating under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor, and three counts of negligent assault, third-degree misdemeanors, according to Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

Treich's attorney, George Keith, declined to comment until after Judge Lynne Callahan sentences her April 3.

Walsh said Treich faces a mandatory sentence of 2 to 8 years in prison on the felony charge, and the sentences for the misdemeanors would run concurrently.

Authorities say Treich drove onto Interstate 76 west in Akron into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes for close to a mile before hitting a car driven by Karon Briggs. That car was sent into another lane and hit by a second car.

Briggs died in surgery after the crash.

Treich and the three occupants of the second car that hit Briggs were uninjured.

Blood tests at Akron General Hospital showed Treich's blood serum alcohol content to be 0.181, over the legal limit of 0.08.

Treich has been out of jail on a $100,000 bond since her Oct. 24 arraignment.

Email: hschoenstein@recordpub.com

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