A 33-year-old Cape May County man will be sentenced to up to 18 years in prison for his guilty plea in the deaths of two teenage cousins who were run down by an SUV in Middle Township two years ago, officials said Wednesday.
Joshua Malmgren admitted being under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs and texting when he hit Niaomi Lazicki, 15, and Ashley Dauber, 13, about 9:20 p.m. on July 31, 2012, authorities said.
He pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts to first-degree aggravated manslaughter.
The girls, who were cousins, were walking on the shoulder of Bayshore Road when they were struck. Lazicki's 14-year-old sister who was with them escaped injury.