Driver In Limo Crash Gets Jail

Posted: November 08, 1997

The limousine driver whose wreck left two Detroit Red Wings comatose was sentenced to nine months in jail and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service at a facility for patients with head injuries.

Richard Gnida's jail term will be followed by 15 months' probation. It was his second conviction of driving with a suspended license. The judge yesterday also ordered Gnida to get drug and alcohol counseling.

The June 13 crash left Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov in comas for several weeks. Gnida and Red Wings defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov sustained minor injuries.

``You shattered lives,'' District Judge Kimberly Small told Gnida. ``Based on your behavior, you have a serious drug and alcohol problem. And what scares me is you don't know it.''

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