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Man sentenced to prison for hit-and-run crash that killed area high school senior

By Kaylee Remington • Dec 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM

ELYRIA — A Lorain man was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for a 2015 hit-and-run crash that killed a Lorain High School senior.

Damion Cheers, 27, pleaded guilty Nov. 2 to vehicular homicide, failure to stop after an accident and driving under suspension in the Oct. 19, 2015 crash that killed Jayvian Johnson. Prosecutors dismissed a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide in exchange for his guilty plea, court officials said.

Members of Johnson's family were present in the courtroom when Lorain County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Cook sentenced Cheers, court officials said.

Cheers struck Jayvian, 17, as he walked with his girlfriend on West 23rd Street in Lorain. Johnson died after paramedics took him to MetroHealth.

Jayvian's girlfriend was not hurt in the crash.

Cheers' attorney, Anthony Baker, said he believed the crash was an accident. Cheers turned himself Oct. 27 after police issued a warrant for his arrest.

Police impounded a Dodge Avenger on Oct. 21 that they believe Cheers was driving during the hit-and-run.

Cheers' attorney, Anthony Baker, could not be reached for comment.


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