CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. – A Pearl River man who seriously injured five people while drunk and driving 90 mph on Route 304 was sentenced Tuesday to six months in the Rockland County jail, according to lohud.com.
Matthew Beckerle, 50, was driving away from his family’s business, Beckerle Lumber, about 9:40 p.m. June 13, 2015, when his truck hit one car in the southbound lanes of Route 304, then careered into the northbound lanes, striking another car head-on, according to lohud.com.
Beckerle, who pleaded guilty to one felony count of vehicular assault in March, spoke before the court Tuesday, expressing remorse for his actions and refusing to call what occurred that June night an accident, according to lohud.com, which reported that he insisted the crash was criminal.
Still, three women who were seriously injured in the crash said they suffer from physical and psychological pain resulting from the incident, according to lohud.com, which reported that the women ventured to state Supreme Court in New City on Tuesday to voice their refusal to forgive Beckerle.
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