- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A former volunteer Wayne firefighter who crashed into a van while responding to a house fire has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault.

Daniel Lane told a judge on Wednesday he was speeding down Hamburg Turnpike toward the firehouse in December 2010 after activating strobe lights in his car. The 26-year-old said he was changing lanes when he collided with a delivery van.

The van’s driver, 63-year-old Eugene Harkins of West Milford, died a week later.

Under terms of a plea agreement, Lane will receive probation when he is sentenced in September.

He had been charged with vehicular homicide, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Lane’s lawyer, Miles Feinstein, told The Record (https://bit.ly/1TDiEZw ) newspaper his client had no intention to cause harm.


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com



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