Bennington man sentenced for crash that killed firefighter and Seaman student

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Bennington man was sentenced Tuesday for an early April wreck that killed a Seaman High senior and her firefighter father.

Thirty-five year-old Jason Jeardoe was given 195 months, or more than 16 years, in prison for the deadly 2014 wreck in Ottawa County. An Ottaway County jury Jeardoe on two counts of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence as well as another traffic infraction.

The crash killed Topekan Jason Pisocki, 35, and his daughter, 18 year-old Emma Jo. She was behind the wheel heading east on K-18, east of Bennington, when Jeardoe moved into her lane to avoid a vehicle that was parked along the road, partially in traffic. Pisocki's Neon collided head-on with his Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Jeardoe.

A battalion chief told 13 NEWS that Jason was a volunteer firefighter for Soldier Township. He and Emma Jo were on their way home after enrolling her in Hutchison Community College.

The crash happened just two months after another Seaman student, 15-year-old Alayna Hutchinson was killed in a wreck on NW Rochester Rd.