GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man accused of causing a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Walker last year entered a plea Monday, the day his trial was scheduled to start.
Joseph Hileski pleaded no contest to operating under the influence of liquor causing death as a fourth-time habitual offender.
The crash happened July 17, 2018, at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Leonard Street NW. Police say Hileski ran a red light and hit 35-year-old Jacob Craft, killing him.
After the crash, Hileski was taken to the hospital, where his jaw was wired shut. He then took off, leading to a search and his eventual recapture.
A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as one during sentencing, which is scheduled for April 18. Hileski, 37, faces up to 15 years in prison.