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A New Castle man will spend one to three years in prison following a 2009 crash in Neshannock Township.

Dayna M. Griffin, 34, of 1138 Parkwood Court, was sentenced by Lawrence County Judge J. Craig Cox to serve one and a half to three years in a state correctional institution followed by three years probation.

Griffin pleaded guilty to aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence.

He had been charged by Neshannock Township police with vehicular homicide while driving under the influence, two counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, two counts of driving under the influence and one count of driving without a license.

According to court records, Griffin had been the driver of a vehicle that left Graceland Road about 5 a.m. Oct. 21, 2009, hit a tree and plunged down a steep, wooded embankment, trapping him and his pregnant girlfriend, Wendy Hake.

Officers said it took hours for Griffin to free himself. They said he crawled out of the wreckage and up the hill, seeking help at a nearby home. Hake was extracted from the vehicle and flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Police said Hake suffered a heart attack and her baby was delivered. On March 4, 2010, the baby, Xavior Hake, was flown to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he died about 8 p.m. March 9, 2010.

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