Drunk and Snapchatting at 156 mph, driver admits to killing U-Albany student
A New Jersey man has admitted to being drunk and using Snapchat on his phone when he caused a fatal crash last year.
Vasu Laroiya pleaded guilty in Albany County Court on Tuesday to aggravated vehicular homicide.
Laroiya had a blood alcohol concentration of .12% and was driving 156 mph, when he crashed his Tesla into Katryn “Katie” Fisher’s Honda Civic on the Northway in Colonie on May 28, 2022.
Fisher was on her way to her Watervliet apartment.
Laroiya has two DWI convictions in New Jersey. He was facing a more serious murder charge, but pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of aggravated vehicular homicide as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
Laroiya faces a prison term of 8 1/3 to 25 years when sentenced on Jan. 26 at 9:30 a.m.
Fisher was 22 years old and had just finished her junior year at the University at Albany.
Her father, Shawn Fisher, said after the hearing that punishments for causing driving-related deaths need to be increased.
“For us, there is no punishment great enough for the pain that he has caused,” he said. “And there will never truly be justice for Katie. But vehicular crimes like this should be considered violent crimes like gun crimes, and the laws need to be changed to reflect that.”
Laroiya is free pending sentencing. He is required to wear an ankle monitor.