A Frankfurt man high on marijuana and Freon and who was texting and steering his car with his knees when he struck and killed a Blue Island man in 2009 was sentenced to seven years in prison today, officials said.
Joseph Brynda, 20, pleaded guilty in a Bridgeview courtroom to aggravated driving under the influence and to an unrelated burglary he committed, said Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County State's Attorney's office.
He was sentenced to seven years in prison for both charges, Conklin said.
Brynda had been free on $250,000 bailfor the 2009 accident but his bail was revoked after he was arrested again on burglary charges in 2010 burglary and has remained in the Cook County Jail, authorities said.
Brynda was intoxicated and text messaging on Nov. 4, 2009, when his Saturn sport-utility vehicle swerved on 80th Avenue, mounted the curb and struck Phillip "Willy" Rangel, 60, just north of 183rd Street at 4:16 p.m., killing him, authorities said at the time.
Rangel was walking to the 80th Avenue Metra station in Tinley Park after work to catch the train to Blue Island when he was killed.
Brynda received eight Will County traffic citations between 2008 and 2009 and had been in a personal-injury accident less than a year before, authorities said. Prosecutors allege Brynda was intoxicated on marijuana and Freon, a chemical found in air conditioners that can be inhaled to produce a high.
The burglary charge came after a man working out at the Park District Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave., in Oak Lawn noticed that his car keys were missing from his gym locker and went outside, where he saw Brynda rummaging through his car, officials said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun