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Johnstown man pleads guilty to 3 of 11 charges from deadly crash

Johnstown man pleads guilty to 3 of 11 charges from deadly crash. (WJAC)

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- A Johnstown man pleaded guilty to three of the 11 charges he faced in connection with a deadly wrong-way crash in 2017.

Robert Brookins pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to homicide by vehicle, reckless endangerment and driving the wrong way.

Police said Brookins drove into oncoming traffic on Route 56 on July 2017.

According to a criminal complaint, Brookins was driving under the influence, with his 3-year-old daughter in the car.

Authorities said he hit another vehicle head-on, killing 31-year-old Joseph Surgent.

Police said the cars collided at around 50 mph and described the crash as “nasty and explosive.”

Brookins’ daughter suffered minor injuries.

Brookins faces up to 12 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 12.

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