TOMS RIVER – Alcohol played a role in the deaths of four young men after Christmas.
Beachwood resident Kevin Quispe-Prieto, 21, was driving with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit according to police records obtained by The Asbury Park Press.
Quispe-Prieto, his 23-year-old brother Jimmy and friends Robert Ordenana, 23, and Victor Lugo, 24, all from Lakewood, died when the driver slammed into the back of a tanker truck around 3 a.m. Dec. 26 driving on the Garden State Parkway South.
His Infiniti G37 hit the Taylor Oil Company truck near mile marker 81 in Toms River. The driver of that truck, Louis A. Figueroa Jr., of Lakewood, was taken to Community Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
The legal limit is 0.08 in New Jersey. Quispe-Prieto’s was 0.201, according to toxicology reports.