Suspect in fatal boat crash pleads guilty

Author:
Publish date:

A New York man faces two years in jail after pleading guilty Monday to charges he caused the death of two friends when he operated a speedboat drunk and crashed into a construction barge for the Tappan Zee Bridge that spans the lower Hudson River.

Jojo John, 36, admitted to two counts second-degree vehicular manslaughter in the July 26 crash that killed bride-to-be Lindsey Stewart, 30, of Piermont and her fiance's best man, Mark Lennon, 30, of Pearl River, according to a report by The Journal News. Stewart and Brian Bond, who was one of the injured, had been set to marry that August.

John appeared before state Supreme Court Justice William Kelly, ending a case in 20 minutes that had swelled emotions and prompted questions over safety on the Hudson River where the replacement span is being constructed.

John's sentencing has been set for Sept. 16.