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Man Must Pay $427K To Michigan Victims Of 2017 Buggy Crash

June 12, 2019 - 11:21 am
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ANGOLA, Ind. (WWJ/AP) - A northeastern Indiana man who pleaded guilty in a drunken-driving crash involving a horse-drawn carriage near the Michigan state line has been ordered to pay $427,000 in restitution to the victims.

Brady Duvendack
Brady Duvendack (Photo: Steuben County Sheriff's Office)
A Steuben County judge on Monday also sentenced 24-year-old Brady Duvendack of Fremont to 18 months of probation after he pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated causing serious injury.

The Herald-Republican reports that Duvendack was intoxicated when his car rear-ended a buggy on Ray Road, south of CR 750 N., on Aug. 16, 2017, ejecting four members of the Schmucker family, of Montgomery, Michigan, from the carriage.

Benjamin Schmucker, 13, was airlifted to a hospital with multiple injuries. Reuben Schmucker, 22, was also hospitalized. Two other people in the buggy were treated at the scene.

According to court testimony, Duvendack and his family aided the victims after the crash and have helped them during their recovery.

The ruling comes just a few days following another crash involving an Amish buggy near the Michigan/Indiana border. On June 7, three young children died after authorities say a drunken 21-year-old Angola, Indiana man rear-ended the horse-drawn carriage they were riding in.