- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A man who admitted to causing a fatal car crash that killed his girlfriend says a defect in the car was partially responsible.

WMUR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1Ncn8ov ) Robert Pitts pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in 2013 and was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say police were chasing his Chevrolet Impala, which police say was stolen, in 2012 in Concord when he lost control of the vehicle on an off-ramp and crashed into several trees, killing 19-year-old Paige Garneau.

Pitt’s family says new evidence contained in a government recall over a defect could have affected Pitt’s ability to control the car and caused the passenger side air bag to fail to deploy. Pitts is now seeking to withdraw his guilty plea.

Judge Robert McNamara took the case under advisement.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, https://wmur.com

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