Amish Patel (31), of Delanco, NJ pleaded guilty November 21, 2019 to causing the deaths of a married New Jersey couple (Robert Stephens, 52, and his wife Janet, 50, of Burlington Township) during a collision on the evening of January 13, 2018.
The vehicular collision occurred in the jug handle at Route 130 northbound and Bridgeboro Road in Willingboro Township of Burlington County.
And at the time of the accident, Amish Patel was driving a BMW while intoxicated and was traveling at over 100 mph.
According to the case documents:
…Patel had been drinking and at the time of the accident was travelling at more than double the posted speed limit, which is 50 miles per hour along that stretch of Route 130.
The investigation revealed that at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Stephens’ minivan was stopped in the jug handle waiting to cross Route 130 onto Bridgeboro Road when Patel, who was traveling northbound on Route 130, lost control of his BMW 440, entered the jug handle and crashed into the minivan.
The force of the impact propelled the minivan over the guardrail and down an embankment, where it submerged into a body of water that is part of Olympia Lakes. Autopsies revealed that both victims had drowned.
Charges and Penalty
Amish Patel was charged with two counts of Vehicular Homicide (Second Degree) and Driving While Intoxicated for the deaths of Robert Stephens, 52, and his wife Janet, 50, of Burlington Township, on January 13, 2018.
According to the guilty plea agreement, Amish Patel will be sentenced to twelve and half years in New Jersey state prison.
Further, under the No Early Release Act, Amish Patel must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
The sentencing of Amish Patel is scheduled for January 16, 2020.