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Morris County man sentenced to prison for crash that killed his two brothers

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man has been sentenced to prison in connection with a 2017 fatal motor vehicle crash in Dover, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

Santos Javier Archaga-Mendoza, 37, of Dover was sentenced on Friday, July 5, by the Hon. Robert M. Hanna, J.S.C. to an aggregate term of 10 years in state prison for multiple offenses. This sentence is subject to the parole ineligibility provisions of the no early release act, Knapp said.

Archaga-Mendoza entered guilty pleas on May 1 to two counts of second-degree reckless vehicular homicide and one count of fourth degree assault by auto. He also entered a guilty plea to the motor vehicle offense of driving under the influence, Knapp said.

The charges stem from a single vehicle crash that occurred at the intersection of Route 15 and Route 46 in Dover on September 24, 2017. The investigation revealed that Archaga-Mendoza, the driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash, was operating a vehicle with four additional passengers. Two of the passengers, who were Archaga-Mendoza’s brothers, died as a result of the crash and a third man sustained bodily injury, Knapp said.

A further investigation demonstrated that Archaga-Mendoza was speeding and intoxicated at the time of the crash, Knapp said.

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(Photo: Morris County Courthouse/Courtesy NJ Courts)
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