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NY boat crash: Criminal case ends, lawsuits await
September 16, 2014 06:01 GMT

By JIM FITZGERALD Associated Press

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) -- A man who crashed a powerboat into a barge on the Hudson River, killing a bride-to-be, is heading for jail.

Jojo John pleaded guilty in June to vehicular manslaughter and admitted that he was drunk at the time. He's expected to be sentenced Tuesday to two years behind bars.

In July 2013, his boat crashed into a barge that was part of the construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge. The impact killed Lindsey Stewart, whose wedding date was two weeks later, and Mark Lennon, her fiancT's best man.

John's lawyer insisted the crash was caused not by intoxication but by a lack of lighting on the barge. The Coast Guard said the barge was properly lighted. But the victims' families have cited the lighting in lawsuits against several companies involved in the construction.


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