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January 31, 2016

Man gets prison for fatal Atlantic City crash

Driver was intoxicated when he blew threw stop light, leaving passenger dead, prosecutors say

Ishiah Monroe was inebriated when he blew threw a red light and into an Atlantic City intersection, striking another car and leaving one passenger in his vehicle dead, prosecutors say.

Monroe will serve at least five years in prison for that accident, which occurred April 28, 2014, as he was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide.

According to authorities, Monroe was driving in the wrong direction down a one-way street when he came into the intersection of Massachusetts and Grammercy avenues around 3 a.m. that morning.

He was allegedly intoxicated and struck another vehicle. The front seat passenger in his car, 24-year-old Nicholas Ingargiola of Galloway Township, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Monroe, an Atlantic City resident, and another passenger in his backseat were treated for their injuries, while the driver of the second car was uninjured.

A judge has handed down a six-year prison sentence to Monroe for the crash in accordance with a plea agreement. He will have to serve at least 85 percent of that term before becoming eligible for parole.