|Carter Dorwin (click for larger version)|
April 07, 2011 | 04:48 PMElkhorn — A man who killed a 9-year-old boy while speeding and driving in the wrong lane of traffic received the maximum sentence for his crime Thursday afternoon.
Jeremy C. Dees, 33, 270 W. Centralia St., was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and five years extended supervision.
Carter M. Dorwin, who was a student at Eastview Elementary School at the time of his accident, was killed Nov. 16 after Dees' vehicle struck the Dorwin's car on Highway H in Geneva Township near the Como Flats.
The vehicle Dees struck was being driven by Carter's mother, Nicole, and his younger brother, Bradley, 4, was also a passenger in the car. Both Bradley and Nicole suffered injuries as a result of the crash.
The impact of the accident was so great the Dorwin's vehicle couldn't be seen from the road after the collision.
Dees pleaded guilty to a felony count of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving causing injury.
During the emotional April 7 sentencing hearing, Carter's parents, Nicole and Chad, his aunt and family friends talked about Carter's life and the effect the loss has had on the family.
"It was horrific what I witnessed. It was an image no mother should ever have to see of her child," Nicole said.
Dees also expressed remorse for the accident, apologized to the family and said he will carry the guilt of Carter's death for the rest of his life.
"I would exchange my life for his," Dees said. "His memory will be forever embedded in my heart."
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