NJ man pleads guilty in DUI crash that killed cop

June 23, 2009 12:41:22 PM PDT
A Colonia man has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in a drunken-driving crash that killed a Perth Amboy police officer last year. Under a plea agreement with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, 24-year-old Sean McGuirk will face eight years in prison.

McGuirk admitted in court Tuesday that he spent four hours drinking at a Route 1 bar before getting in his car on Aug. 22.

At 3:30 a.m., he ran two red lights in Woodbridge, broadsiding the patrol car of Officer Thomas Raji, a 10-year police veteran whose wife was expecting their first child. A second officer and a prisoner they were transporting were injured.

Under the plea deal, a charge of aggravated manslaughter will be dropped.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 17.

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