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Montco man gets jail time for 2015 drowning deaths

UPPER PROVIDENCE TWP., Pa. - A Montgomery County man took a plea deal in connection with a fatal wreck that sent a car into the canal at Schuylkill Canal Park.

Robert B. Hoffman pleaded guilty last week to two felony counts of vehicular homicide, and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in the October 2015 accident.

Investigators say Hoffman, 23, was parked in an area between Tow Path Road and the Schuylkill River in Upper Providence Township on October 4, 2015.

When he went to drive away, Hoffman backed the car over an embankment, causing it to roll into the canal upside down in about four feet of water, officials said.

Hoffman and a backseat passenger were able to safely escape the car, but Clinton Berger, 29, and Lauren Magargal, 25, drowned after they were unable to get out of the vehicle.

Toxicology tests showed Hoffman was under the influence of marijuana, alcohol and Clonazepam at the time of the crash, according to authorities. Police said he also did not have a valid driver's license at the time of the accident.

Hoffman was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in prison.

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