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One driver sentenced up to seven years after a drag race killed his passenger

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 11:35:20-05

Two people were sentenced Wednesday morning for their roles in a deadly drag race in April.

Kody Schroeder, 20, was sentenced to two and one-third to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree manslaughter, second degree vehicular manslaughter and first degree vehicular assault.

Mercedes Castillo, 18, qualified for youthful offender status with six months in county jail and five years probation after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide and third degree assault.

According to Erie County District Attorney's Office, Castillo was speeding on Center Street in Colden with another speeding car driven by Schroeder.

District Attorney Michael Flaherty says Schroeder crashed into the back of a pickup truck that was turning into a driveway. The crash caused the death of Chauncey Kloiber, 28, who was a passenger in Schroeder's car. Tabitha Trautwein, 20, also in the car, was seriously injured.