Man gets 3 to 6 years in fatal DUI crash

October 14, 2009 5:26:54 AM PDT
A suburban Philadelphia man has been sentenced to three to six years in a fatal drunken-driving crash that killed his best friend.

Authorities in Bucks County say 25-year-old Sean Cowley of Falls Township had been drinking in a bar with 25-year-old Stephen Taylor before the February accident. They say neither man was wearing a seat belt when Cowley lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree, sending Taylor crashing through the back window. He died four days later.

Authorities say Cowley was driving more than 89 mph in a 25 mph zone and had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. He pleaded guilty in August to homicide by vehicle while driving drunk and involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced Tuesday to the mandatory minimum term.

Cowley said he and Taylor had been "brothers" and he thinks about his friend and misses him every day.

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Information from: The Intelligencer, http://www.phillyburbs.com


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