Box receives eight years for fatal hit-and-run, avoids 11 to 15-year max sentence


By Jonathan Delozier - jdelozier@civitasmedia.com



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Gregg Box was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for killing a pedestrian with his car and leaving the scene last August outside of the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

Box, 61 who was drunk the night of the incident, struck Linda Velez, 38, of Lorain, as she was leaving the fair with family members, including her children. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Box could have faced a maximum sentence of 11 to 15 years.

In January, Box pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, fleeing the scene of a crash, and impaired driving charges. His attorneys had requested a hearing to determine competency to stand trial Nov. 29, but withdrew the motion on Jan. 13.

After killing Velez, Box damaged a residential mailbox on Rt. 18 and rear-ended a car stopped at a traffic light on US 20 in Pittsfield Towhship before being arrested by the Ohio Highway Patrol.

He was caught at Burger King in Wellington on Rt. 58 after the driver of the car he rear-ended provided his license plate and direction of travel to authorities.

Marijuana and $8,661 in cash were discovered in his car that night.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

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By Jonathan Delozier

jdelozier@civitasmedia.com