LAPORTE | A LaPorte man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for a drunken driving accident in which his friend was killed.
Thomas Drnek III, 31, also must serve two years on probation for Class B felony operating while intoxicated causing death.
Drnek in November 2012 traveled off U.S. 35 near Schultz Road outside LaPorte and crashed into a grove of trees.
A passenger in the car, Jacob Anderson, 26, also of LaPorte, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
Drnek was admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.