Man who ran into University of Akron crowd and kills girl pleads


Jeffrey Piorkowski, 18, of North Royalton, has pled guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Felonious Assault of a Police Officer, Felonious Assault, Failure to Comply, and OVI.

On August 21, 2010, at 2:00 a.m., Piorkowski, a 17-year-old high school student from North Royalton, fled from police while arguing with his girlfriend and driving with no headlights. Piorkowski drove his car at a high rate of speed into an area where numerous police officers and civilians were standing following the break-up of a University of Akron party. He hit Amanda Rosepapa, 22, of Bellaire, OH, who was on campus visiting friends. Rosepapa died from the impact.

Piorkowski's blood-alcohol level was .127, more than the legal limit. He never attempted to stop or avoid the group of people. Rosepapa was the only person hit by Piorkowski's car and the only person injured. Evidence indicated Piorkowski was driving in a road rage and threatening to hurt himself and his girlfriend. 

Piorkowski will be sentenced on June 20.


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