The driver who killed a 74-year-old Newark man after running a red light while high on methamphetamines will spend the next five years in prison, a judge ruled this week.

William T. German, 27, of Garnet Valley, Pa., pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to the June 18, 2017 crash.

German was speeding and passing other vehicles on the shoulder of U.S. 40 in Bear.

The victim, John Crothers, was a passenger in a 2011 Kia Soul that was turning left from westbound U.S. 40 onto Glendale Boulevard. German ran a red light and crashed his Kia Optima into the passenger-side door of the Soul.

Crothers, a retired captain at the Minquas Fire Department in Newport, was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he died. His wife, Jacquelyn Scott-Crothers, who was driving the Soul, suffered serious injuries.

German suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

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