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Prosecutor: Woman pleads guilty in deadly NJ crash

HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey woman has admitted causing a fatal crash last year that also left two young children injured.

Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says 35-year-old Bilgye Santamaria of Berkeley Township pleaded guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide, child endangerment and reckless driving charges. She faces a five-year state prison term when she’s sentenced Dec. 13.

The charges against Santamaria stem from a January 2012 crash in Howell Township that killed 26-year-old Eileen Figueroa of Freehold Township.

Prosecutors say Santamaria was speeding and had three young children in her sport utility vehicle as she drove southbound on Route 9. She ran a red light just moments before she struck Figueroa’s vehicle.

Figueroa died later that day. Two of the three children in Santamaria’s SUV suffered undisclosed injuries.