KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The driver who hit and killed Comstock Township’s fire chief is heading to prison.
A judge Monday sentenced Brandon Clevenger to between 3.5 years and 15 years in prison in connection to the June 2017 death of Ed Switalski.
Switalski was responding to a call of a crash on I-94 when he was hit by Clevenger’s vehicle. Investigators say Clevenger was driving nearly 90 mph and was distracted by his phone seconds before he hit a cement median wall and crossed over the highway lanes, striking Switalski. The fire chief died at the scene.
A hospital toxicology test showed Clevenger had marijuana in his system, according to police reports released to 24 Hour News 8.
Before the judge handed down Clevenger’s punishment Monday, he heard from Ed Switalski’s family.
Holly Switalski said she and Clevenger have something in common: The day her husband died is the worst day of their lives.