NEWBURGH, N.Y. – A Kingston man who admitted to being drunk when he crashed his truck in the Town of Newburgh last year was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison on Monday, according to District Attorney David Hoovler.
James Black, 29, was driving on Quaker Street last December just after 1:30 p.m. when he lost control of his truck and hit a tree. The collision killed his passenger.
Black later admitted to being intoxicated and speeding at the time of the crash. He pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in October, the District Attorney said.
“This case is yet another reminder of the deadly consequences of driving while intoxicated, which continue to devastate the lives of far too many victims, victims’ families, offenders and offenders’ families,” Hoovler said in a statement. “Deaths caused by intoxicated drivers are as tragic as they are preventable. Those who drive while intoxicated, place the public, and themselves, at risk of death and other serious harm, and must be dealt with severely."
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