No jail for driver in crash deaths of pregnant mom, boy

Grand Rapids
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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, won’t face additional jail time.

A judge Monday credited Monty Parker Jr. for one day in jail and sentenced him to 150 hours on a work crew for his role in the Jan. 7 crash that killed Valery Arreola and her 3-year-old son, Guillermo

Arreola was 8 months pregnant at the time of the crash. Her infant, Emilio, died at the hospital following an emergency delivery.

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’s other son, 5-year-old Max, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Parker was treated at the hospital and released.

In June, Parker pleaded no contest to two moving violations causing death. The charges carried a maximum sentence of a year in jail and $2,000 in fines, but no jail time was expected as part of the plea deal.

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