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Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Fatal DWI Crash

Raj Jadeja
Raj Jadeja

A Brooklyn lawyer has admitted to driving drunk when he was involved in a crash that killed a 21-year-old Ronkonkoma man on the Long Island Expressway in 2015.

Raj Jadeja pleaded guilty Thursday at Nassau County court to manslaughter, assault, driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired by combined influence of drugs and alcohol.

Police have said the 36-year-old man was driving a BMW eastbound on the LIE when he struck another BMW driven by George Ragotte, who had slowed down to avoid a two-vehicle crash in Plainview at 2:13 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.

The victim was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead four hours later. Jadeja and the drivers in the initial crash were treated for their injuries.

Jadeja, who is free on $275,000 bail, is scheduled to be sentenced May 25.

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