Hudson River Crash Driver To Be Arraigned

The driver of the boat that crashed on the Hudson River in July, killing two people, will be arraigned on November 20, where according to his attorneys, he will plead not guilty to charges of manslaughter and drunk-driving. 35- year old Jojo John was indicted on Thursday of two counts of first- degree vehicular manslaughter, four counts of second- degree vehicular manslaughter, two counts of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of first- degree vehicular assault, two counts of second- degree vehicular assault, and two counts of operating a vessel under the influence of drug or alcohol. According to Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe, John’s blood alcohol level was .15 the night of the accident, nearly twice as much as the legal limit of .08. Tests also showed traces of cocaine in his system. John will be appearing before State Supreme Court Justice William Kelly in the Rockland County Courthouse in New City on November 20, where he faces 15 years in state prison. The family of the victims believe a large part of the accident to be due to the lack of lighting on the construction barges used by the Tappan Zee construction company, resulting in the speed boat crashing into one of them, though the U.S. Coast Guard and Thruway officials stated that the barges were lit to regulation.

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