Wilmington man sentenced for aggravated felony death by vehicle

Wilmington man sentenced for aggravated felony death by vehicle
Steven Michael Derengowski (Source: New Hanover County Detention Center)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington man was sentenced Wednesday to at least six years in prison for his role in the death of a passenger in a vehicle he was driving on New Year's Day.

Steven Derengowski will serve between 6.7 and 9.1 years after pleading guilty to aggravated felony death by vehicle.

Billy Ray Kolasa, 25, died in a single-vehicle crash after the pickup truck Derengowski was driving crossed into a construction zone, crashed through a barrier and hit a crane. Kolasa died at the scene.

Derengowski, 25, suffered serious injuries.

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