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2nd driver pleads in crash that killed man, pregnant woman

Criminal case against other driver still pending

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - The second man charged in a crash that killed two other people and an unborn child has admitted to his role in the fatal wreck.

Shone Santiago pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Tuesday to two counts of third-degree murder and one count of third-degree murder of an unborn child. A date for sentencing is pending.

Santiago, 22, and the driver of another car, Evaughn-Sha Walters, were racing along Route 422 in West Pottsgrove Township, near the border with Berks County, in February, police said.

Two people in Santiago's car -- Anthony Rodriguez, 23, of East Elmhurst, New York, and Marissa Kelly, 20, of Stroudsburg, Monroe County, were killed, as was Kelly's unborn child.

Investigators said they determined that Santiago's car was traveling through a 40 mph work zone at a speed of at least 121 mph just before the crash. Cell phone video recorded by Walter while he was driving showed his speedometer at 137 mph.

"The defendant was racing another car on a county highway with speeds that are astoundingly fast and he did it with two people in the car, one of whom was pregnant, and with marijuana in his system," said Deputy District Attorney Thomas McGoldrick, wh prosecuted the case. "We will not tolerate drag racing of any type in Montgomery County, and anyone who engages in such reckless and dangerous behavior will be charged to the fullest extent available.

Walters, 21, pleaded guilty last Thursday to two counts of homicide by vehicle.


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