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Guilty plea in Sprain Brook Parkway asphalt throwing death

WHITE PLAINS – A Yonkers man faces five to 15 years in state prison when sentenced in August on a felony manslaughter charge in connection with the death of a woman who was riding in a car when a ten pound chunk of asphalt was tossed off the Sprain Brook Parkway and crashed onto a car driving underneath the Kimball Avenue Bridge. 

The asphalt, tossed by Alberto Plasencia, 27, who pled guilty Wednesday, crashed through the driver’s side windshield of a car driven by Marie McSweeney, 48, and her 87-year-old mother. McSweeney was killed in the crash.

The car traveled about a third of a mile veering off the road and striking a guardrail support beam, came back onto the road and crashed into a wooded area.

The incident happened in 2004.

Police interviewed several witnesses who saw various aspects of the crime, but new information ascertained in 2009 led to the arrest of Plasencia in 2013. He remains held in lieu of $400,000 cash bail or bond.