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NY man gets up to 24 years for crash that killed 6

PENN YAN, N.Y. (AP) – A man has been sentenced to 12 to 24 years in prison for a crash that killed six Amish farmers and injured eight others on an upstate New York road last summer.

Steven Eldridge, of Penn Yan, was sentenced Tuesday in his Yates County hometown after pleading guilty last month to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of drugs. The 42-year-old Eldridge admitted he was high on cocaine and prescription drugs when he crashed into a van carrying 14 Amish farmers from neighboring Steuben (stoo-BEHN’) County on July 19.

The collision in the rural town of Benton pushed the van under a tractor Eldridge was trying to pass.

The Amish group was on a tour of farms in the Fingers Lakes area 50 miles southeast of Rochester.

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