Pa. man pleads in crash that killed passenger

READING, Pa. (AP) - September 19, 2012

Abelino Rodriguez pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide Tuesday in the death of Kenneth Courter. A third-degree murder charge was dropped as a result of his plea.

Courter was removed from life-support five days after the Feb. 22 crash. Police say Rodriguez threw a brick through a bar window after he and Courter got kicked out. Investigators say he sped away from police before crashing into a minivan.

Rodriguez described victim Courter as like a brother to him and said his actions were a mistake he can't take back. Courter's mother, Patricia Ashley, tells the Reading Eagle (http://bit.ly/PT6mxt ) she has forgiven Rodriguez.

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