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Police: NJ Man Was Drinking Before Deadly Crash

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(File Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man has been charged with causing a drunken driving crash that killed a passenger in his car.

Twenty-five-year-old Rohit Maddineni, of Plainsboro, was charged with aggravated manslaughter after the Saturday morning crash that killed 25-year-old Pavan Gottumukala, of Edison.

Authorities say an investigation showed that Maddineni had been drinking before he got behind the wheel of the car with two other passengers.

Police says Maddineni was heading toward Plainsboro when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a utility pole in South Brunswick. Gottumukala was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

Maddineni and a female passenger were treated for minor injuries.

Maddineni is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center on $300,000 bail. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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