Judge issues sentence in car crash case

A Mexican national will serve up to 15 years in prison for a car crash that killed an infant in November.

Efrain Jimenez-Lopez, 24, pleaded guilty to three felonies for the Nov. 1 crash that killed 6-month-old Alden Adams in Mendon Township.

St. Joseph County Circuit Judge Paul Stutesman issued the sentence Friday after Jimenez-Lopez pleaded guilty to failure to stop at the scene of a fatal accident, operating under the influence of alcohol causing death and driving on a suspended license causing death.

Jimenez-Lopez did not have a valid operator’s license when the vehicle he was driving rear-ended a minivan as it attempted to turn left from M-60 onto Angevine Road.

Mendon residents Samantha Adams, 30, and her 6-month-old son were in the vehicle driven struck from behind, according to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department.

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