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Malboro Man Gets Six Years in prison for Fatal DWI Crash in Holmdel

Holmdel Twp.

A 51-year-old Marlboro man driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.258 when he collided into a 32-year-old man, ultimately killing him, was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.

On Dec. 5, 2014, Robert Pennington, an environmental engineer for an Edison firm, spent approximately eight hours drinking at Fantasies go-go bar in Keyport before he decided to drive home. As Pennington was on his way home he ended up on Route 34 south in Holmdel, where he crossed the double-yellow line and crashed head-on into 32-year-old Siva Kovvuri, from the Parlin section of Old Bridge.

Kovvuri who was critical injured was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:07 a.m.

After testing Pennington's blood samples for toxicology tests, it was determined that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.258, more than three times the legal limit to drive in New Jersey, at the time of the crash.

Pennington must serve a little more than five years before becoming eligible for parole.