Trooper Takes Plea Deal In Death Of Ionia Teen

IONIA (AP) – An off-duty state trooper whose car struck and killed a teenager in Ionia County has pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter.

Daniel Parker faces up to six months in jail after pleading guilty Wednesday. The 36-year-old says he lost control of his car while reaching for a cellphone with his right hand.

Parker’s car struck two teens who were pushing a motor bike on a two-lane road in August. Sixteen-year-old Zachary Barber was killed and 14-year-old Donald Proctor suffered a broken leg.

Parker was originally charged with manslaughter with a motor vehicle, which carries a tougher punishment.

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