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Man sentenced to six months in jail for crash that paralyzed 18-year-old in crosswalk

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Joseph Burnham, jail booking photo Joseph Burnham, jail booking photo
May 20 crash scene (File image from Tualatin PD) May 20 crash scene (File image from Tualatin PD)
TUALATIN, OR (KPTV) -

A man who hit an 18-year-old walking in a crosswalk pleaded guilty in court to DUII charges and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Joseph Burnham, 56, of Tualatin, was indicted by a grand jury in September in connection to the May 20 crash on Southwest Boones Ferry Road near Siletz Drive.

Investigators said Burnham hit Kyle Kuch, who was initially taken to the hospital in critical condition. The crash left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Police said Kuch was in a marked crosswalk when he was hit.

Burnham remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, but police said from the start of the investigation that alcohol was a possible factor in the crash.

Burnham pleaded guilty Monday to charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and third-degree assault while DUII.

Along with six months in jail, he was sentenced to three years formal probation, with an additional 16-18 months in prison if he does something to have his probation revoked.

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