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Update: Teen sentenced for severe crash
Brighton, N.Y. - In a letter John Zakhary wrote for his sentencing Thursday, he apologized for "burden and stress" he caused his friends.
Zakhary was behind the wheel when he slammed into the back of a school bus on Warren Avenue last October.
Three of his friends were injured; two severely.
The following is the full contents of his letter:
I take full responsibility for my actions that resulted in the tragic events that took place on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012. The memory of those events have haunted me every day fo the past ten and a half months, and will continue to for many years to come.
Unfortunately, I cannot reverse time and change or alter those events, but not a day goes by that I don't think about and pray for Scott, Christa, Kevin, and thei families. I understand the burden and stress that I have places upon them, their families, my family and my community.
I would like to sincerely apologize not only to the passengers who were in the car with me, but to their families, their friends, the community as a whole, and all other parties who were impacted.
Judge James Piampiano sentenced Zakhary to four weekends in jail in addition to 12 work weekends and 200 hours of community service. The teen's license has been suspended for five years.
Speaking to Zakhary, the judge said told him that the situation is "reflective of a younger generation that is too often caught up in their own satisfaction. Whether it's a cell phone, video games or racing down a quiet neighborhood street."
Zakhary pleaded guilty to assault and reckless driving charges last month.
As part of the deal, his record will be sealed.