GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A driver from Rockford who slammed into the back of stalled vehicle on US-131, killing a pregnant woman and her toddler son, will likely avoid jail.
Monty Parker Jr. pleaded no contest Friday to two moving violations causing death in connection to the Jan. 7 crash that killed Valery Arreola and her 3-year-old son, Guillermo.
The charges carried a maximum sentence of a year in jail and $2,000 in fines, but no jail time is expected as part of the plea deal.
Arreola was merging onto northbound US-131 from Franklin Street in Grand Rapids when her car stalled. She was on her cellphone asking her father for help when Parker’s pickup truck rear-ended her car, Michigan State Police said. Her dad heard the crash.
Arreola was eight months pregnant with her son, Emilio. The infant died at the hospital following an emergency delivery. Guillermo died from his injuries day later.
Arreola’s other son, 5-year-old Max, suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Parker was treated at the hospital and released.
He’s expected back in court June 20 for a pre-sentence hearing.