Mentor Man Ordered To Pay More Than $290,000 In Restitution After Fatal Crash

Alexander Ochaba was ordered to pay for the medical and funeral expenses of Sylvia Iwaszko, who he struck with his motorcycle last year

Alexander Ochaba was ordered to pay $291,768.10 in restitution to the family of Sylvia Iwaszko, according to The News-Herald.

Ochaba, 25, of Mentor, ran into 76-year-old Iwaszko with his motorcycle while she was walking along Mentor Avenue and the ensuing injuries killed her.

Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci ordered Ochaba to pay for Iwaszko's medical and funeral costs.

In December, a jury convicted Ochaba of vehicular manslaughter, reckless operation, operating without reasonable control and speeding.

Lucci sentenced Ochaba to 90 days in jail -- the longest jail sentence he could give him. Lucci also placed Ochaba on probation and suspended his license for three years.

Ochaba was driving his motorcycle on the evening of Aug. 23, 2011 when he lost control of it while driving east on Mentor Avenue in Willoughby near Andrews-Osborne Academy.

Both he and his motorcycle went off the road onto the sidewalk and his bike hit Iwaszko in the back of her legs.

Iwaszko died eight days later in MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

During the trial, police testified that Ochaba was driving at least 72 mph in a 35-mph zone when the crash occurred.

Ochaba claimed, during his testimony, that a black sedan cut him off and caused him to crash.


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