COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a central Ohio man to 3 1/2 years in prison for killing a 16-year-old student driver in a crash investigators blamed on texting behind the wheel.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that a judge opted for a prison term for 58-year-old Daniel Jacobs Thursday because he hasn't fully accepted that distracted driving was the sole cause of the crash.
Police say Jacobs' car swerved off Interstate 270 on July 1, 2010, and slammed into a car parked on the berm. Student driver Dalton Ludwig was killed and his instructor was injured.
Investigators used cell phone records to determine that Jacobs had been texting close to the time of the crash. Recently he insisted a blown tire also contributed.
Jacobs pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide.