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Phoenix man gets prison in fatal SR 51 wrong-way crash

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Benjamin Kuzelka pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a fatal wrong-way crash on State Route 51 in October. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Benjamin Kuzelka pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a fatal wrong-way crash on State Route 51 in October. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

A Phoenix man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison in a wrong-way freeway crash that killed a New York woman last October.

Maricopa County prosecutors said Benjamin Charles Kuzelka, 28, also was sentenced Friday to five years of supervised probation after he serves his prison term.

Two months ago, he pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and aggravated assault in the case.

Kuzelka was arrested in November 2013 after being released from John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, where he was recovering from injuries suffered in the crash that killed 55-year-old Mary A. Boysman of Oswego, NY, on Oct. 6, 2013.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said Boysman was a passenger in an SUV that was struck head-on by a vehicle being driven in the wrong direction on State Route 51.

The two vehicles spun clockwise 90 degrees before coming to rest just a few feet from the area of impact, DPS said.

The driver of the SUV was seriously injured and hospitalized for four days.

Kuzelka had an initial blood-alcohol content of 0.281 percent, more than three times the legal limit, according to the police report.

Police said Kuzelka's driving record in California showed drunken-driving convictions on March 16, 2007, and Oct. 31, 2007.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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