- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 8, 2017

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A Vineland man has been convicted of vehicular homicide in a crash that killed a teenage soccer player and injured three other teens.

Prosecutors say 42-year-old Nicholas Garreffi was under the influence of Xanax when his pickup crossed the center line, striking a box truck and then hitting a car containing five Mainland Regional High School students who were going to compete in a charity tournament.

Fourteen-year-old Aisling Cooke of Linwood died in the 2014 crash in Hamilton Township. The other girls were treated and released from a hospital.

Garreffi was also convicted of assault by auto and driving under the influence.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced in September.



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