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Phoenix man pleads no contest in fatal SR 51 wrong-way crash

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Benjamin Kuzelka pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a fatal wrong-way crash on State Route 51 in October. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety) Benjamin Kuzelka pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with a fatal wrong-way crash on State Route 51 in October. (Source: Arizona Department of Public Safety)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Phoenix man with two previous drunken-driving convictions pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and other charges Wednesday in connection with a wrong-way freeway crash that killed a New York woman Oct. 6, 2013, in Phoenix.

Benjamin Charles Kuzelka, 27, entered his pleas to the murder and an aggravated assault charge in Maricopa County Superior Court as part of a plea deal. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 15.

Kuzelka was arrested a month after the crash after being released from John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, where he was recovering from injuries suffered in the crash that killed 55-year-old Mary A. Boysman of Oswego, NY.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said Boysman was a passenger in an SUV that was struck head-on by a vehicle being driven in the wrong direction on State Route 51.

The two vehicles spun clockwise 90 degrees before coming to rest just a few feet from the area of impact, DPS said.

The driver of the SUV was seriously injured and hospitalized for four days.

Kuzelka had an initial blood-alcohol content of 0.281 percent, more than three times the legal limit, according to the police report.

Police said Kuzelka's driving record in California showed drunken-driving convictions on March 16, 2007, and Oct. 31, 2007.

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