New York church van driver pleads guilty in deadly New Jersey crash

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HACKENSACK, New Jersey — The driver of an upstate New York church van that crashed on the Garden State Parkway, killing a passenger, has pleaded guilty to driving without a license.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office says 30-year-old Oscar Martinez y Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced to time served on Sept. 17 and will likely be deported because he was in the country illegally.

Martinez was driving a van with 23 passengers from a church in Spring Valley, New York, to a sister church in Newark when it collided with an out-of-serve New Jersey Transit bus in Saddle Brooke in October 2013. The crash killed Velma Castro and critically injured four others in the van.

The prosecutor's office says Martinez illegally obtained a New Mexico driver's license by using a false address.

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