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Two People Were Killed In A Traffic Accident, The Driver Was Under The Influence

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According to the New York Criminal Code, a driver may face three possible charges if they are intoxicated by alcohol or drugs and kill another person. These charges are first-degree vehicular manslaughter and second-degree vehicular manslaughter. The driver may also face charges of aggravated vehicular homicide. 

All three of these charges are felonies and the least serious of the charges is second-degree vehicular manslaughter. The possible penalties for second-degree vehicular manslaughter are significant fines and a seven-year prison sentence along with suspension or revocation of driver’s license after release. 

The Hudson County View reports that a man has pleaded guilty in charges related to a fatal West New York crash that claimed the life of a 20-year-old. 

On June 29th, 25-year-old Fernando Batista pleaded guilty in a virtual hearing to second-degree death by auto. The state is recommending a prison sentence of five years in New Jersey state prison. 

The crash occurred on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at about 12:30 p.m. West New York police officers responded to the scene of a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of 60th Street and Jefferson Street. 

Batista was traveling west on 60th Street when he failed to obey a traffic signal, colliding with an Infinity that was traveling north on Jefferson Street. 

20-year-old Alyssa Matos was a passenger in Batista’s vehicle. She was transported to Jersey City Medical Center. Matos succumbed to her injuries on June 23rd. 

Another passenger in Matos’ vehicle was also injured. The driver of the second vehicle also sustained injuries and was transported to Palisades Medical Center. 

It was determined by the New Jersey State Police forensic lab that at the time of the crash, Matos had marijuana in his system. 

Matos is scheduled to be sentenced on August 28th.

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