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Man sentenced to 38 years for role in crash that killed Manchester University students

Posted at 2:43 PM, Apr 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-03 14:43:26-04

GRANT COUNTY, Ind. -- A Chicago man was sentenced Monday to 38 1/2 years in prison for his role in a crash that killed three Manchester University students last February.

Deangelo Evans was found guilty on three counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, one count of OWI resulting in serious bodily injury, and one count of recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon. 

The Grant County Sheriff's Office said the students' van was stopped in the median of the northbound lanes near mile marker 253 with a flat tire on Feb. 21.

Seven people were standing outside when another van driven by Evans headed north on I-69 left the road and went into the median, striking four of the students.

Those killed were Nerad Grace Mangai, Brook M. Dagnew and Kirubel Alemayehu Hailu. They were all international students from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, except for Nerad who was from Jos, Nigeria. A fourth student was taken to the hospital. 

University officials say the students had been to Ball State and Taylor University prior to the accident.

Manchester University is a liberal arts university located in North Manchester, Indiana.

About 1,500 students attend the school.

Evans was credited 407 days of the 38 1/2 year sentence.