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Driver gets 10-40 years for drunken crash death

Jul 9th, 2013 - Local News

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man has received a 10- to 40-year prison sentence for a drunken crash in Grand Rapids that killed a 22-year-old woman.

Calvin Liptrot Jr. pleaded no contest to drunken driving causing death and failure to stop at a fatal crash. A Kent County judge sentenced him Monday.

Michelle Caverly was thrown from Liptrot's minivan after it struck a tree Dec. 22. Authorities say Liptrot ran her over before fleeing.

The father of six says he doesn't remember the crash. He apologized to Caverly's family before the sentencing.

Authorities say his blood alcohol level was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit. They say he'd also used cocaine and marijuana.

Caverly's father Daniel Caverly says his 6-year-old grandson Jaedyn "is only now figuring out that his mom's not coming home."

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