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Dumont Man Sentenced for Triple Fatal Crash on I-80 in Morris County

By rlsmetro on
Morris County

Authorities in Morris County announced the sentencing of Miguel Botero, 30, of Dumont. 

According to authorities, the sentence stems from a triple fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in the early morning hours of October 18, 2019.

On November 5, 2020, Botero entered guilty pleas to two counts of second degree Vehicular Homicide and one count of third degree Strict Liability Vehicular Homicide before the Hon. Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr. He also entered a guilty plea to the motor vehicle offense of Driving While Intoxicated.

Officials said Botero was sentenced by Judge Taylor today to an aggregate term of 17 years New Jersey State Prison, 12 years of which are subject to the parole ineligibility provisions of the No Early Release Act.

Specifically, Botero was sentenced to six years New Jersey State Prison, subject to the No Early Release Act, on each of the second degree Vehicular Homicide charges, and five years New Jersey State Prison on the third degree Strict Liability Vehicular Homicide charge. 

All charges are to run consecutive Morris County officials said 

Officials said the charges arise from a multi-vehicle motor vehicle crash that occurred in the area of mile post 45.2 on Route 80 Eastbound in Parsippany-Troy Hills.

The investigation revealed that all three occupants of one of the vehicles struck by Botero died as a result of the crash.

Further investigation revealed that Botero was intoxicated at the time of the crash and was driving his vehicle in the wrong direction on Route 80.