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Reading man dies 5 years after crash left him quadriplegic

A 22-year-old Reading man died Monday in St. Luke’s Hospital-Allentown Campus of complications of injuries from a 2017 Lower Alsace Township car crash that left him with brain injuries.

David Nieves Jr. was pronounced dead by a staff physician, according to a release Tuesday from Lehigh County Coroner Daniel A. Buglio.

Nieves died of complications of quadriplegia due to a motor vehicle crash, officials said.

Nieves was the passenger in a stolen car that struck an embankment and stone wall before rolling over Feb. 1, 2017, in the 600 block of Skyline Drive, officials said.

The driver of the car, Michael Melendez-Long Jr. of Reading, who was 19 at the time of the crash, stood trial in Berks County Court in 2018 and was convicted of several charges, including causing an accident involving serious injury, receiving stolen property and driving without a license.

Judge M. Theresa Johnson sentenced him to 15 month to seven years in state prison.

At his sentencing hearing, Nieves expressed deep remorse for causing the accident that left his best friend, who was 17 at the time of the crash, in a vegetative state.

Johnson said Melendez-Long was responsible for causing the crash because he was speeding and driving carelessly when the car rammed into a stone wall and flipped onto its roof.

Source: Berkshire mont

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