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NJ Motorist Pleads Guilty in Fatal Parkway Crash

A New Jersey man who was driving drunk when he caused a deadly 3-vehicle crash on the Garden State Parkway last year has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide.

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Twenty-one-year-old Eric Pereira of Jackson also pleaded guilty to three counts of assault by auto in a plea deal with Monmouth County prosecutors. He’s expected to receive a seven-year state prison term when he’s sentenced in June.

Prosecutors say Pereira was southbound and speeding in the local lanes when his car rear-ended a van near milemarker 120 in Aberdeen Township. The van struck a guardrail and overturned before skidding into the express lanes, where it struck another southbound vehicle.

The van’s driver, 43-year-old Kevin Donnelly of Middletown, was killed. His two passengers and the driver of the third vehicle were injured.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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