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Former firefighter sentenced to prison in DUI crash that killed 17-year-old girl in Sterling Heights

Tad Dennis sentenced for head-on crash that killed Diana Pozderca

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – A former Warren firefighter has been sentenced to prison time in the deadly drunken driving crash that killed a 17-year-old girl in Sterling Heights.

Diana Pozderca, of Sterling Heights, was killed Sept. 11, 2015, in a head-on collision on Plumbrook Road near Plainview Drive.

Investigators said the recent Macomb Community College enrollee had been driving east when an SUV traveling west at a high speed crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck her Ford Fusion. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Tad Dennis was charged with second-degree murder and operating while intoxicated, causing death. On Nov. 29, 2017, he pleaded no contest to the charges and was released on bail.

Prosecutors said Dennis' blood-alcohol level was .149 at the time of the crash.

Dennis was sentenced to 11 to 30 years in prison.

You can watch Steve Garagiola's full story in the video posted above.


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