The driver in a high speed crash that killed one McCaskey High School student and seriously injured another could spend over 45 years in prison if a Lancaster County judge gives him the maximum sentences for the charges to which he pleaded guilty Friday.
Kristopher Martinez-Roman, 23, entered an open plea to six felony charges, including homicide by vehicle, in Lancaster County Court. An open plea means his sentence will be determined by a judge rather than agreed upon with prosecutors.
Martinez-Roman was driving east on East King Street when he sped through a red light at Franklin Street and struck a vehicle driven by Isaia Candelario, 16, on May 24, 2018. Candelario, a junior at McCaskey, died later at a hospital. Candelario's 17-year-old passenger, also a McCaskey student, was seriously injured.
Martinez-Roman was driving 65 mph, or 40 mph over the posted speed limit, when he struck Candelario's car. His licensed had been suspended for a prior DUI conviction, according to Assistant District Attorney Trista Boyd.
Police issued a warrant for Martinez-Roman a few days after the crash. In June 2018 he was arrested in Tampa, Florida. He has been in Lancaster County Prison since June 20, 2018.
A few observers sat in the courtroom gallery, sobbing loudly at times. During Martinez-Roman's opportunity to comment, he turned to look at them and said, "I just want to say sorry to the family."
Judge Howard Knisely accepted the plea and will order Martinez-Roman's sentence in about 90 days.