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      Man sentenced after fatal accident

      Alger Co. Prosecutor Karen Bahrman speaks at Vanderschaegen's sentencing on Thursday

      A Munising man will be spending time in jail for causing a fatal accident in 2012.

      In December, 25-year-old Sarah Gunderson of Thompson, North Dakota, was heading west on M-28 on the Forest Inn Hill and driving back home for Christmas. She was killed when a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Richard Lee Vanderschaegen crossed the center line and slammed into her car.

      Vanderschaegen suffered non-life threatening injuries. Investigators suspect he was sleep deprived and wasn't in control of his diabetes at the time of the crash.

      He pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of a moving violation causing death, and on Thursday morning in Alger County District Court, he was sentenced to 180 days to one year of jail time. Vanderschaegen will also serve one year of probation and owes restitution, fines and costs totaling over $7,000.

      Attorney Linda Atkinson read impact statements on behalf of Gunderson's family members, who were in the courtroom or listening via the Internet.

      "The world has lost a bright light...has grown dimmer due to the loss of Sarah," read Atkinson.

      Vanderschaegen gave an apology to the family.

      "I think about and pray for the Gunderson family every day. No parent should ever have to bury their child," said Vanderschaegen.