- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A man who was driving drunk when his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike last year, killing his passenger, has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter.

Carlos Aguirre now faces a seven-year state prison term when he’s sentenced April 1. He entered his plea Monday as part of a deal with Middlesex County prosecutors, who say he will have to serve about six years before he becomes eligible for probation.

The charges against the 24-year-old North Plainfield man stemmed from an Oct. 19 crash on the highway in Woodbridge Township. State police have said Aguirre was driving southbound when his car crashed into the rear of the tractor-trailer.

Aguirre’s front-seat passenger, 25-year-old Edgar Galvez of North Plainfield, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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