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Trooper takes plea deal in death of Ionia teen

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Daniel Parker faces up to six months in jail after pleading guilty Wednesday. The 36-year-old said he lost control of his car while reaching for a cell phone with his right hand.

Parker’s car struck two teens who were pushing a motor bike on a two-lane road in August. Zachary Barber, 16, was killed; and 14-year-old Donald Proctor, 14, suffered a broken leg.

Parker was originally charged with manslaughter with a motor vehicle, which carries a tougher punishment.

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