A 25-year-old Barnegat man has been sentenced to seven years in state prison in connection to an accident in March, 2020, that killed a man from Little Egg Harbor.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer says Jeydon Lowe's sentence is subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act, which means he must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he can be considered for parole. Additionally, Lowe’s driving privileges were suspended for five years in connection to a guilty plea for a DWI violation.

Jeydon Lowe of Barnegat - Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

Lowe pled guilty to both charges before a judge earlier this year.

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Billhimer's office says,

On March 25, 2020, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers from the Stafford Township Police Department responded to a single vehicle crash on Stafford Avenue near Hilliard Boulevard. An investigation...revealed that a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt operated by Lowe was traveling eastbound on Stafford Avenue at an extremely high rate of speed. Lowe lost control of the vehicle as he was attempting to navigate a right-hand turn, and consequently crashed into a tree. A passenger in the front seat of the vehicle, Robert Parlin, 24, of Little Egg Harbor, succumbed to his injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Lowe sustained minor injuries in the crash. A blood test determined his blood alcohol concentration was nearly .12 percent, well above the legal limit in New Jersey of .08.

"This is an absolutely tragic case, which should serve as a cautionary tale for anyone who is tempted to drink and drive," Billhimer said in a press release. "Let me be clear: drunk driving kills, and it has the potential to tear families apart. Sadly, these types of cases are wholly preventable, particularly in this day and age of Uber, Lyft, and other readily available transportation services. While this young defendant will go to prison for a long time for his senseless conduct on the night in question, nothing will bring Mr. Parlin back to his family."

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