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Ex-cop denies being drunk in Pa. crash that killed 2



Published: Fri, December 7, 2012 @ 12:30 p.m.

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A former police officer charged with vehicular homicide denies he was drunk at the time of the fiery crash that killed two motorcyclists last year on an eastern Pennsylvania road.

Retired Plainfield, N.J. policeman John Heaney III told a jury today he doesn’t drink to excess and suffered from health problems related to a gastric bypass surgery that led to the July 2011 crash in Bangor, Northampton County.

Prosecutors say Heaney didn’t drink enough to be intoxicated before the crash that killed Keith Michaelson, of West Milford, N.J., and Michael Zadoyko, of Pompton Lakes, N.J., and injured four others.

Heaney’s attorney says his client blacked out from low blood sugar related to the 2008 surgery.

The bikers were members of a club for riders overcoming addiction.


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