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Canfield man seeks plea deal in crash that killed 5-year-old girl

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WAYNE, Ind. -

Court officials say a Canfield man has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and will not go on trial next week for a traffic crash that killed a child in Indiana.

The sealed plea agreement involves 46-year-old Anthony J. Zircher of Callahan Road, who was to go on trial Monday on a charge of reckless homicide in connection with the traffic death of a five-year-old girl.

Instead, Zircher will go before a judge on October 18, who will decide if the plea agreement will be approved.

According to the Indiana State Police, Zircher was driving in a no passing zone on May 11 in Wayne Township, Indiana when his vehicle was involved in a fatal crash.

Troopers say Zircher's Hyundai had just passed a pickup truck over a double yellow line and was about to pass a second vehicle along Route 227 when it ran head-on into a southbound Toyota driven by Britney Lee Byrley, age 24, of Brownsville Indiana.

Byrley was seriously injured, and was taken to a hospital along with an infant who suffered injuries state police say were not life-threatening.

Five-year-old Jocelyn Grace Gesell, who was also a passenger in the Toyota, was flown by medical helicopter to a Dayton, Ohio hospital where she later died.

Both children involved in the crash were properly restrained in child seats, according to police.

Zircher was also taken to a hospital with injuries described as not life-threatening at the time.

The road was closed for two hours while a crash reconstruction team conducted an investigation.

In a separate case, the parents of the little girl have filed a negligence lawsuit against Zircher in Federal Court.

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