Indian youth indicted for killing two after drunken driving

November 8th, 2008 - 9:17 am ICT by IANS  

Jersey City (New Jersey), Nov 8 (IANS) A New Jersey grand jury Friday indicted an Indian youth of killing his two roommates in a case of drunken driving in July this year.If convicted, Kapil Goel, 24, face imprisonment that could last as much as 60 years.

The police said the incident occurred on July 3 when Kapil Goel was drunk and speeding his car with two of his roommates, Amarinder Cheema and Karam Bhandari.

Kapil lost control of his car and crashed into a utility pole in Edison, an Indian-American neighborhood in New Jersey, resulting in the death of both Amarinder and Karam. Kapil suffered an elbow injury.

All the three shared an apartment in Highland Park. While Kapil worked on a temporary visa at the time of the accident, Amarinder and Karam were graduate engineering students at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Following investigation, police found that the blood alcohol count of Kapil was 0.164 - more than double the permissible limit.

A Middlesex grand jury Friday morning indicted Kapil on two counts of aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

Kapil, who worked as an assistant scientist with a biotechnology company, has pleaded not guilty.

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