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JoJo John pleads not guilty in fatal Hudson River boat crash

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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The man accused of killing two people when he drove a boat into a barge on the Hudson River pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Rockland County Court Wednesday.

JoJo John crashed the speedboat near the Tappan Zee Bridge, killing a bride-to-be and the best man.

They were thrown from the boat and drowned on July 26 after the boat hit the stationary barge involved in the construction of a new bridge.

The 35-year-old John and his surviving passengers say the barge was not lit and was impossible to see.

John is charged in an 18-count indictment with multiple counts of manslaughter.

The district attorney says John had nearly double the legal amount of alcohol and traces of cocaine in his system.

Bail set at $25,000, cash only.

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