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New York Post
2 Dec 2023


NextImg:NJ man admits driving at 156 mph while making SnapChat video before fatal crash

A New Jersey man was drunk-driving a Tesla at 156 mph — and recording a Snapchat video — when he slammed into the back of a 22-year-old woman’s car on the New York State Thruway, causing the vehicle to burst into flames and killing her, prosecutors said.

Vasu Laroiya, 24, a former Rutgers student, admitted to the reckless, deadly deeds this week, according to Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares.

Laroiya rear-ended a Honda Civic driven by Katie Fisher on May 28, 2022 — Memorial Day weekend — on I-87 in Colonie, outside Albany, around 10 p.m., the DA’s office said.

Fisher’s car struck a guardrail.

Fisher, of Saratoga County, was a junior at the University of Albany and “a shining bright light, with an unbelievable smile,” her heartbroken family said in her obituary.

She wanted to be a teacher.

Laroiya was indicted in July 2022 on charges of murder, manslaughter, reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, the DA’s office said.

24-year-old Vasu Laroiya faces up to 25 years in prison for his role in the deadly 2022 crash. Albany OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Katie Fisher, 22, "was a shining bright light, with an unbelievable smile," her family said

Katie Fisher, 22, was killed in the crash and “was a shining bright light, with an unbelievable smile,” her family said. Armer Funeral Home

On Tuesday, Laroiya pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, a Class B Felony, in Albany County Court.

He also admitted he had a previous alcohol-related conviction in New Jersey in 2019, the DA’s office said.

He faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 6.