Texting teen gets five years in fatal N.J. crash

    A New Jersey teen has been sentenced to five years in prison for a fatal accident that occurred after he had been drinking beer at a party and was texting while driving.

    Eighteen-year-old Samuel Oltmans of Montgomery will have to serve at least four years of the sentence handed down Friday in Somerset County.

    He had pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide.

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    Oltmans was 17 when he the crash occurred Dec. 22, 2012, on Route 206 in Montgomery. His car crossed a double-yellow line and collided head-on with a car driven by a 61-year-old teacher, Laurie O’Neil of South Brunswick. She died at the scene.

    Based on his blood-alcohol level four hours after crash, investigators believe he was drunk at the time of the accident. As a minor he was prohibited from consuming any alcohol.

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