Man kills 2 in crash, sentenced to 1 year in jail

Patrick Doerr. (March 8, 2014)
Patrick Doerr. (March 8, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A man who drove with cocaine in his system when he caused a crash that killed two men will be spending one year in jail.

Photo of William Kochis and John Pomeroy.
Photo of William Kochis and John Pomeroy.

Patrick Doer was sentenced to one year in the Kent County Jail for two misdemeanor charges Monday.

William Kochis and John Pomeroy were hit and killed when Doerr drove into stopped traffic without braking, with cocaine and opiates in his system, according to court records.

The families of the victim were upset with the light charges. Both victims are described as loving and devoted husbands and fathers. Their families told the judge justice will never be served.

Doerr refused a voluntary blood at the hospital and the urine screening that detected the drugs couldn’t be used in court.

William Kochis’ wife took all four of her young children to the stand, showing Doerr how he has changed their lives forever and criticizing the lack of testing that could have put him away for much longer.

Kochis' wife introducing her four children to Doerr at his sentencing Monday. (June 23, 2014)
Kochis’ wife introducing her four children to Doerr at his sentencing Monday. (June 23, 2014)

The Kochis family has started up a Facebook page called Billy’s Law, in hopes of changing the law to mandate chemical testing for those involved in fatal crashes.

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