Driver pleads guilty in highway crash that killed couple

November 22, 2019 GMT

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A driver has admitted causing the deaths of a couple killed when a crash sent their minivan plunging into frigid waters in New Jersey.

Burlington County prosecutors say Amish Patel pleaded guilty Thursday to drunken driving and two counts of vehicular homicide. The 31-year-old Delanco resident faces nearly 13 years in state prison when he’s sentenced Jan. 16.

Prosecutors say Patel was speeding when he lost control of his car in January 2018 and hit a minivan that was stopped in the jug handle while waiting to cross over Route 130 in Willingboro. The impact sent the minivan over a guardrail and down an embankment before it went into a body of water that’s part of Olympia Lake.

The crash killed 52-year-old Robert Stephens and 50-year-old Janet Stephens.