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Man accused of causing crash that killed young mother faces judge

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A local man accused of causing a horrific crash that killed a newlywed and critically injured her son was back in front of a judge Friday.

Zachary Parker, 20, was driving the wrong way on U.S. 23 with a blood-alcohol level double the legal limit when his vehicle struck another car head-on.

The jury heard emotional testimony from the husband who lost his wife in that crash.

Brian Collins described the moments leading up to the horrific crash that killed his wife, 36-year-old Mariah Collins. He testified in court Friday that he tried desperately to swerve out of the way of a car driving the wrong way.

Brian was suffered serious injuries and so did Mariah's 11-year-old son.

Prosecutors say Zachary Parker partied with friends and then got behind the wheel drunk. Several friends that partied with Parker that night testified that they tried to stop him from leaving. They say Parker insisted that he was okay to drive.

According to court documents, Parker's blood alcohol was twice the legal limit. He now faces eight criminal charges, including 2nd degree murder.

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