- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) - A driver has admitted he was under the influence of a prescription drug when he struck a car that hit two people who had been involved in a fender-bender, killing one of them.

Joseph Stovall pleaded guilty Friday to vehicular homicide and assault by auto charges stemming from the September 2013 crash in Long Branch. The 48-year-old Stovall faces a five-year state prison term when he’s sentenced Oct. 28.

Monmouth County prosecutors say 21-year-old Vicoria Tropper, of Marlboro, and 52-year-old Thomas Triano, of Cherry Hill, were standing between their cars on the shoulder of a roadway. Stovall’s pickup truck hit Tropper’s car, which then hit Tropper and Triano.

Tropper was pronounced dead at the scene. Triano suffered multiple cuts.

Stovall admitted he was under the influence of Xanax and didn’t have a valid prescription for it.



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