Driver in triple-deadly crash gets 7 years

Images from Chopper 6 over a fatal accident in Cherry Hill on September 11, 2008. (WPVI-TV)

March 4, 2011 9:44:08 AM PST
A big rig driver was sentenced to 7 years in prison for a crash that killed 3 people in Cherry Hill.

Sheraz Kahn of Long Island was found guilty of three counts of Vehicular Homicide, Drug Possession, Careless Driving, Failure to Wear a Seatbelt, Keeping Incomplete Log Books and Failure to Have a Medical Card. Each count of Vehicular Homicide, a 2nd degree crime, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years incarceration in a New Jersey state prison, 85 percent of which must be served before parole eligibility.

Judge Samuel Natal ruled that in September 2008 Kahn recklessly and carelessly drove his tractor trailer on I-295 in Cherry Hill.

Kahn's rig veered across the northbound lanes and the grass median before slamming into 2 vehicles coming in the opposite direction.

Killed were Lawrence Wright of Texas, Renee Lesenko and Juma Rajab of Philadelphia.

Investigators found marijuana and steroid pills in Kahn's possession at the time of the accident. But Judge Natal did not find Kahn guilty of driving under the influence or while intoxicated.