Jury selection starts for trooper's fatal crash

April 20, 2009 6:28:46 AM PDT
Jury selection is set to begin Monday at the vehicular homicide trial of a New Jersey state trooper accused of killing two sisters who were buying milk for their mother. Nineteen-year-old Christina Becker and her 17-year-old sister, Jacqueline, were returning home when authorities say trooper Robert Higbee ran a stop sign and hit their minivan in Sept. 2006.

The 36-year-old trooper told investigators he was chasing a speeder. But a witness says the Cape May County road was deserted.

New Jersey paid $2 million to settle a civil suit stemming from the case, but made no admission of wrongdoing.

Authorities estimate the trial could take four to five weeks.

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