Boat Driver Pleads Guilty in Hudson Crash That Killed Bride, Fiance's Best Man

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    Jojo John in court last year

    The man accused of drunkenly crashing a powerboat into a barge on the Hudson River, killing a bride and her fiance's best man, has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter.

    The Rockland County District Attorney's office said Jojo John, of Nyack, will be sentenced to two years in jail.

    Hudson Crash Driver's Blood-Alcohol Test Revealed

    [NY] Hudson Crash Driver's Blood-Alcohol Test Revealed
    The 35-year-old man who piloted the boat in the Hudson River crash that killed a bride-to-be and her groom's best man in July had a blood-alcohol level that was nearly twice the legal limit, an indictment said Thursday. Sheldon Dutes reports. (Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013)

    John had been charged with 18 counts, including operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If convicted, he could have been sentenced to 15 years.

    The victims, Lindsey Stewart and Mark Lennon, were thrown from the boat on July 26 after the boat hit a stationary barge involved in the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Stewart, 30, was set to be married weeks later to Brian Bond, who was also injured in the crash.

    Prosecutors say 35-year-old John had nearly twice the legal level of alcohol in his system. His lawyer had asserted that poor lighting on the barge caused the crash.

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