Barnegat Man Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Homicide, DWI in 2020 Crash
Authorities say a man from Barnegat has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and DWI in connection to a crash last March that claimed the life of a man from Little Egg Harbor.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer says 24-year-old Jeydon Lowe of Barnegat pled guilty before the Honorable Linda G. Baxter Wednesday.
Billhimer's office says,
On March 25, 2020, at approximately 5:30 p.m., members of the Stafford Township Police Department responded to a single vehicle crash on Stafford Avenue near Hilliard Boulevard. An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Stafford Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit revealed that a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt operated by Lowe was traveling eastbound on Stafford Avenue at an extremely high rate of speed. Lowe lost control of the vehicle as he was attempting to navigate a right-hand turn, and consequently crashed into a tree. A passenger in the front seat of the vehicle, Robert Parlin, 24, of Little Egg Harbor, succumbed to his injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lowe sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment; a blood test revealed his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was nearly .12 percent, in excess of the legal limit of .08.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 19th. Billhimer's office says they will recommend Lowe serve seven years in state prison.