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Leelanau County Teen sentenced in Double Fatal Crash

LEELANAU COUNTY, MI –  Tyler LeVeque, 17-years-old, was sentenced to one year in the Leelanau County Jail and probation for five years on Monday January 26th, 2015 for the double fatal crash that occurred on August 23rd, 2014.

Brian Nachazel

Brian Nachazel

LeVeque did admit his responsibility by pleading guilty on Monday, December 15th, 2014 to two counts of reckless driving causing death and one count of reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function.

He pleaded to the charges in relation to the deaths of Brian Nachazel, 31-years-old, of Cedar, Michigan and Drake Hendershot, 17-years-old, of Empire.

The very tragic accident occurred about 12:45 a.m. on August 23rd, 2014 when a 2005 Nissan driven, by then 16-year-old, Tyler LeVeque from Lake Leelanau, Michigan ran a stop sign while headed south on Schomberg Road.

He collided with a 2004 Ford pickup truck, driven by Brian Nachazel, heading east on Bodus Road. Two other teens were occupants of LeVeque’s 2005 Nissan.  One of those being Drake Hendershot.  Only one of the teens was wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

The Ford pickup truck driven by Nachazel went off the southeast corner of the intersection and into a power pole, which snapped.  The truck rolled over, ejecting Nachazel from the driver’s door window, killing him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Leelanau County investigators learned that a third vehicle occupied by friends of the Nissan occupants witnessed the crash. Witnesses in that car said they were trying to drive fast enough on Schomberg Road to “catch air” for a “roller coaster effect” on the hilly road.

Drake Hendershot

Drake Hendershot

The occupants of the 3rd vehicle acknowledged the Nissan did not stop at the stop sign because they needed to maintain the high speed sought for the effect.

The Nissan also rolled over and landed on its top at the southeast corner of the intersection.

Two of the teenagers were immediately removed from the vehicle and taken to Munson Medical Center. It took two hours to remove the third teen who was then airlifted to the hospital.

Drake Hendershot died six days after the car crash on August 29th, 2014.

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