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Man enters plea in Michigan crash that killed fire chief

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Michigan. – A 24-year-old man has a plea in connection with a highway crash that killed a fire chief in the south of Michigan.

Brandon Clevenger pleaded guilty Thursday in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court to reckless driving causing death. His sentencing is Jan. 29.

Researchers have said Clevenger of Battle Creek was driving nearly 90 mph (145 km / h) and was distracted by his mobile phone just before hitting a median wall last June. His vehicle crossed lanes of Interstate 94 in Comstock Township, 135 miles (220 kilometers) west of Detroit.

Comstock Township Fire Chief Edward Switalski died after being struck as he responded to another crash.

Switalski worked for more than three decades at Pleasantview Fire District in a suburb of Chicago, before Comstock Township chief in 2013.

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