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Sentencing set in SUV vs. motorcycle crash

BRADENTON — A teenager who maimed two people in a vehicle-motorcycle wreck is scheduled to be sentenced this week on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash.

Pablo Guerrero, 16, pleaded guilty Dec. 11, to the felony count that stems from a Sept. 20 wreck at the intersection of 26th Avenue East and Third Street East.

Sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in juvenile court at the Manatee County Judicial Center.

The teen, who was 15 at the time of the crash, faces incarceration until his 19th birthday, said prosecutor Mike Fabec.

Guerrero previously apologized for taking his parents’ 1997 Ford Explorer, hitting two people on a motorcycle and leaving the wreck.

The riders of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle — Rick Wojtoanowski, 41, and his acquaintance, Amber Cunningham, 22 — each lost their left legs because of the wreck.

Guerrero, who lives about five blocks away from the scene of the crash, said he hesitated before fleeing. The teen said that after the crash, he walked back to the scene of the wreck and saw Cunningham being loaded onto a stretcher.

Wojtoanowski, who attended Guerrero’s plea hearing in a wheelchair, has said he is holding up.

He’s had five surgeries since the accident and his medical bills, he said, are growing.

Although he said he is pleased Guerrero accepted responsibility, Wojtoanowski said he’ll never be the same.

Cunningham could not be reached for comment.

Juvenile Judge Marc Gilner, during the plea hearing, said any restitution will be determined during Guerrero’s sentencing.

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