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Jul 29, 2016 11:22 AM

Driver accused of killing NH man in Salem crash that split car in 2 to plead guilty

BENTWOOD — A Lowell, Mass. man involved in the car crash that killed 33-year-old Salem man in June will plead guilty to charges.

READ: Man charged with negligent homicide in Salem crash had allegedly been drinking, speeding

Michael Gomez, 27, has made a plea bargain with county prosecutors for crashing into Phillip Carter's car when he pulled out of Salem Ford on Route 28 in Salem on June 16, 2015, according to the Union Leader.

In exchange for his plea, Gomez will likely receive a lesser prison sentence as opposed to the 15-year minimum that comes with a manslaughter conviction.

READ: Woman sues driver, restaurant in Salem crash that killed her husband

Gomez had been driving between 50 and 60 mph in a 30 mph zone just before the crash. He was allegedly swerving between lanes before smashing Carter's vehicle into two pieces.

Carter was thrown from his car, and taken to Boston Hospital, where he died.

Melina Nutter, Carter's wife, is Gomez and the restaurant that allegedly served him alcohol before he drove. The suit claims Gomez’s conduct was “willful, wanton and reckless and sufficient to justify an award of enhanced compensatory damages."

The suit also claims that Ying Mang served Gomez alcohol, thus being guilty of negligence.

Gomez was freed on $50,000 cash bail earlier this month after spending roughly a year in county jail. He was arrested by Salem police on June 16.

At this time, Gomez faces charges of manslaughter and and reckless conduct charges.

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