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Driver in fatal crash was drunk, sentenced to probation

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Jun 28, 2018 at 7:19 PM

The man who struck and killed an 18-year-old bicyclist in Holland late last year has been sentenced to nine months of probation for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Joshua Powers, 21, of Ellsworth was driving a 1998 Ford Ranger pick-up truck southbound on U.S. 31 at around 8:30 p.m. Dec. 18. His truck struck and killed a young woman on a bicycle who was traveling west on 16th Street at that time.

According to witnesses, Powers had a green light at the time of the crash.

Police identified the woman as Yen Ngo, a college freshman at Augustana College in Illinois. She was an international student from Hanoi, Vietnam, and visiting a friend in Holland at the time of her death.

Powers was not injured in the crash. He was charged in Ottawa County for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Powers was sentenced June 5 to nine months probation for the misdemeanor charge. He must also serve 30 hours of community service and will be on an alcohol monitor for 90 days. He is required to pay $980 in court costs and fines.

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