- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a Toms River man to nearly two years in prison for a car crash that killed his friend.

Nineteen-year-old Connor Hanifin, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

He must serve 85 percent of the 42-month sentence before he’ll be eligible for parole.

Ocean County prosecutors say Hanifin was speeding when he lost control of his car and struck a tree. They also say alcoholic beverage containers were found in the vehicle, and testing showed Hanifin’s blood-alcohol level exceeded the legal limit.

The February 2014 crash claimed the life of 19-year-old Toms River resident Francis Duddy. The two played football together at Monsignor Donovan High School

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