NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Long Island man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the fatal crash of a retired teacher last year.
Jeremy Weckerle, of North Babylon, also pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving while ability impaired by drugs.
He’s expected to get 5 to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Oct. 3.
The accident occurred on Sept. 14, 2010, on Route 107 in North Babylon. Authorities say he crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a car driven by Paul Gordon. The 65-year-old Jericho resident was killed.
Prosecutors say Weckerle was found to have high levels of prescription painkillers in his system.
The victim’s family told Newsday that Gordon was a longtime science teacher and baseball coach in Manhattan and Syosset schools.
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