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Man Enters Guilty Plea In Fatal Car Accident

Jonathan Hayer, 22, charged with manslaughter and DUI after June crash leaves two dead

A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter related to a fatal crash last summer, according to The Day.

Jonathan Hayer, of Connecticut Avenue, was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter with a vehicle and one count of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Hayer was the driver of a 1999 BMW 528i sedan that collided with a tree on Vauxhall Street early on the morning of June 19. Hayer was injured but recovered, while passengers Emiliano "Pookie" Perez, 22, and Orlando "Capo" Acosta, 21, died of their injuries.

Hayer told police that he drank two beers and a shot of rum at a party on Ashcraft Road prior to the accident. He said he lost control of the vehicle after an animal ran in front of it and Perez grabbed the steering wheel. Police determined that Hayer had a blood-alcohol level of .112 per 100 milliliters, above the state limit of .08, and that he was traveling at 66 miles per hour.

The Day reports that the plea deal will have Hayer serve eight years in prison, but that he may seek a reduction in sentence of two years. He will be sentenced on April 10.

Jeff Brown February 22, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I never understand why there's always a plea deal even when it's a cut and clear case. I'm sure the guy feels awful that he lead to the death of two of his friends so i don't want to bash him personally but 8 years which will actually end up being a lot less just seems so light when 2 people are dead completely at his hands. And the whole 2 beers and an animal running out in the road are the 2 biggest excuses you always hear.
Christine Rene-Howard February 23, 2012 at 09:55 PM
You're absolutely right Jeff. These crimes will NEVER stop because people are careless and there is no real penalty.

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