Drag racers sentenced for fatal crash

Dec 15, 2016

Two drag racers have been sentenced for the fatal crash that took the life of one of their passengers and injured another.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says 20-year-old Kody Schroeder of Holland and 18-year-old Mercedes Castillo of Holland have been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang for a deadly crash in April.

Schroeder received 2-1/3 to 7 years in prison. Castillo received six months in jail, five years probation and the court adjudicated her a youthful offender, which means she will not have a criminal record.

On the afternoon of April 12, the DA says Castillo was racing a car on Center Street in Colden alongside a speeding car driven by Schroeder, who was impaired by marihuana. Schroeder’s vehicle then crashed into the back of a pickup truck that was turning into the driveway.

The collision resulted in the death of Schroeder’s passenger, 28-year-old Chauncey Kloiber of Wales, and the serious physical injury of another passenger, 20-year-old Tabitha Trautwein of Holland. Trautwein is still recovering at a rehabilitation center.