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Area man pleads guilty in fatal crash

A 19-year-old Garrett man pleaded guilty this week to a charge of reckless homicide in a March 2013 crash that claimed the life of a 75-year-old Angola woman.

According to Allen Superior Court records, Daniel B. Heffner pleaded guilty without any agreement as to a prison sentence. His driver’s license will be suspended for five years after the date his conviction is entered into the court system.

Heffner was driving his Cadillac more than 85 mph when he rear-ended an Impala driven by Robert E. Bockius on Tonkel Road. The impact caused the Impala to flip and roll several times before it came to rest in a field, according to court documents.

Bockius’ wife, Doris M. Bockius, became trapped in the vehicle. She and her husband were taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center, and she died April 10, 2013.

Heffner is scheduled for sentencing in June.