NJ Man Faces Drunken Driving Charge In Fatal Crash

ABERDEEN, N.J. (AP) — One man was killed and another faces drunken driving charges following a three-vehicle crash on the Garden State Parkway in central New Jersey.

State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones says two other people were injured in Saturday night’s crash in the southbound lanes near milemarker 120 in Aberdeen Township.

Jones told the Star-Ledger of Newark that a car driven by 20-year-old Eric Pereira of Jackson rear-ended a sport utility vehicle driven by 43-year-old Kevin Donnelly of Middletown around 11 p.m. The SUV overturned, went over a guardrail and landed in a southbound express lane, where it was struck by a minivan.

Donnelly was pronounced dead at the scene and his passengers were hospitalized. Pereira and the minivan driver weren’t hurt.

Pereira was charged with drunken driving and may face additional charges.

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  1. Jessica says:

    I read that 5 times because I honestly didn’t believe someone could be so heartless and inconsiderate. Yes Sam, he drove a freestar….because he had 5 children. Now if that was your family member who died in a horrible accident, would you be saying something ignorant like that? You should learn to think before you speak.

  2. VIM says:

    What is funny about the vehicle he was driving you jerkoff. LOL? The man died in a violent collision

  3. Adam says:

    It’s a terrible thing that a life was lost and my prayers go out to the family members. But, at this point I don’t know that there is any evidence that alcohol was involved or if an accident recreation has determined the exact cause of the accident.

  4. Danielle says:

    I know Pereira’s family, they are amazing people. Eric is a smart, kind, well-educated kid who made a bad choice that will change the rest of his young life. Please use this as an opportunity to speak to everyone you know, young and old about the dangers of drinking and driving. Thank you

    1. Jessica says:

      I believe that everyone makes mistakes and it’s a very tragic and unfortunate situation. But I do not believe he was well-educated or smart because those characteristics describe a person who thinks before they act and who understand the consequences their actions could have. Kevin Donnelly leaves behind 5 boys, ages 6 to 16. He was an amazing and caring man who was loved by everyone who met him. These children now have to grow up without their father because of a selfish decision made by a person who is not even old enough to drink. I do believe a jail sentence is 100% necessary but I also feel that Eric should have to help educate other people about the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving for the rest of his life because this will hurt so many people forever.

      1. Don D says:

        “I know Pereira’s family, they are amazing people. Eric is a smart, kind, well-educated kid who made a bad choice that will change the rest of his young life. Please use this as an opportunity to speak to everyone you know, young and old about the dangers of drinking and driving. Thank you”

        Is that going to help the 5 children aged 5-16 that Kevin left behind? This kid should be run over by a bus.

    2. Barbara says:

      He might be a smart kid and well-educated but has not common sense.

  5. vy says:

    WRONG, Drinking with the intention to drive away from the bar as the only way the drunk has of getting home, is the “intent to drive drunk”, so the manslaughter charge should be Voluntary Manslaughter

  6. mike says:

    That dude needs to go to jail for the life he took. You drink and drive and kill someone….you need to rot in jail. Could you imagine if that happened to anyone’s family member? For Donnelly he was probably on his way home from work….

  7. mark clarke says:

    assault with a deadly weapon; involuntary manslaughter

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