N.J. man sentenced in drunken crash that killed Jessica Dussault of Hopatcong

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A New Jersey man who was drunk and high when he crashed a convertible in New York, killing his girlfriend and a friend’s fianceé during a trip to visit wedding venues, has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison, officials said.

Christopher Perrella, 32, of Vernon, was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana on Nov. 4, 2017 when he lost control of his convertible on a curve along Glenwood Road in Pine Island, New York. The car rolled over before slamming into an unoccupied home.

The crash killed Emily Carwile, 36, of Vernon, and Jessica Dussault, 30, of Hopatcong, both of whom were in the back seat. Parrella and the front-seat passenger, a 32-year-old Knowlton man, survived their injuries.

The quartet had earlier visited a potential wedding venue in Warwick, New York.

Parrella pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide.

“What should have been a trip planning one of the most joyous events in life, turned into a tragedy because of this defendant’s decision to drive while intoxicated," Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said in a statement. "Fatalities like this are as tragic as they are preventable. I hope that this resolution brings some measure of closure to the families of both of the deceased women.”

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