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Posted on: November 21, 2023

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FATAL CHRISTMAS EVE HIT-AND-RUN CRASH IN BRISTOL TOWNSHIP

Kevin Baker Jr.

A Bensalem man was sentenced on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, to state prison in two separate cases, including a fatal hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a 65-year-old man in Bristol Township on Christmas Eve 2021.

Kevin Michael Baker Jr., 21, pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter for the crash that killed John Dugan as he crossed State Road in Bristol Township to go to a Christmas party. Baker also pleaded guilty to dealing large quantities of marijuana from his Bensalem apartment.

Relatives of Dugan and his fiancé, who was with him on the night of the crash, appeared before President Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. and addressed the impact of his loss.

“Christmas Eve will never be the same,” his daughter said, describing her father as a caring, hard-working, and fun-loving man. His daughter-in-law said that the fun, enjoyment, and excitement of Christmas Eve is now replaced with sadness since Dugan’s death.

“This has been a long road for John Dugan’s family who waited nearly two years for justice to be served,” Deputy District Attorney Jovin Jose said in court prior to sentencing.

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