Drunk Driver Sentenced To 12 Years

EDISON – A Superior Court judge sentenced a 25-year-old Highland Park man to 12 years in state prison for driving drunk during a July 2008 crash in Edison that killed his two roommates.

Kapil Goel was ordered to serve six years for each of two counts of vehicular homicide for the deaths of Amarinder Cheema and Karan Bahandari.


The three students had shared a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey in their apartment on July 3, 2008. They went out to buy more alcohol and food when Goel hit a curb on Cedar Lane and struck a poll. The car flipped and Cheema was thrown clear, police said. Both Cheema and Bhandari were pronounced dead at the scene.

Goel had a blood alcohol level of .186 at the time of the accident, more than twice the legal limit of .08, and he was traveling between 90 and 120 mph on a road with a 25 mph speed limit, authorities said.

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