GEORGETOWN TWP. (WWJ/AP) – A 40-year-old man has pleaded guilty to causing a chain-reaction crash that killed a 13-year-old western Michigan boy.

Travis Fox, of Crown Point, Indiana, will be sentenced Dec. 22 after issuing his plea to moving violation causing death, a one-year misdemeanor.

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Fox told police he was eating a sandwich and checking his GPS while driving August 3 on I-196 in Georgetown Township, southwest of Grand Rapids. Traffic in front of him had slowed for a construction zone and Fox, who didn’t notice the backup, said he couldn’t stop in time to avoid a collision.

Talsma was in the backseat of a minivan that was rear ended by Fox’s pickup truck. He was briefly pinned in the vehicle before being pronounced dead on the scene.

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Three other vehicles were involved in the crash and nine people ended up in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Defense attorney Charles Chamberlain said Fox was in Michigan on business at the time of the crash and has “taken this very seriously.”

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