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WEST BABYLON / Trucker convicted in deaths

A West Babylon commercial truck driver who lost control of his tractor-trailer truck on a New Jersey highway in 2008, killing three people, was convicted yesterday of vehicular homicide and other related charges, according to a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor.

The judge presiding over the bench trial of Sheraz Khan, 42, determined that the deadly crash occurred largely because Khan smoked marijuana before he got on the road, used a steroid without a prescription and did not get the amount of sleep required by law, said the spokesman, Jason Laughlin.

On Sept. 11, 2008, Khan, who worked for Metz Machinery, was delivering cargo from Philadelphia to Long Island. He was heading north on Interstate 295 in Cherry Hill when his 18-wheeler veered across three lanes into oncoming traffic. Killed in the crash were the driver of a Volkswagen and two occupants in a refrigerator box truck.

Khan faces 10 years in prison on each of the vehicular homicide charge when he is sentenced on Feb. 11, Laughlin said.

- CHAU LAM

FREEPORT / Driver charged with DWI

Police responding to a motor vehicle accident in Freeport arrested a driver and charged him with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and assault, among other things, after officials said yesterday that he had assaulted his girlfriend.

Eric James, 36, of Sportsman Avenue, Freeport, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, two counts of third-degree assault, reckless driving and DWI, Freeport police said.

James was arrested by officers responding to the scene of an accident on South Bayview Avenue at 9:06 p.m. Tuesday.

Freeport officials could not immediately provide details of the incident.

- JOHN VALENTI

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