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BU Journalism Professor Convicted of Traffic Death

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A Boston University journalism professor and former ABC News correspondent has been sentenced to three years of probation for vehicular homicide in Massachusetts.

Robert Zelnick was also ordered by a judge in Plymouth this week not to drive and to write an apology letter to the victim’s family.

Authorities say the 73-year-old Zelnick was leaving Plymouth’s Pinehills Golf Club in October 2011 when he turned his SUV into the path of a motorcycle operated by 26-year-old Brendan Kennedy, of Plymouth. Kennedy, on his way to work at the club’s restaurant, died.

Zelnick’s lawyer, Raffi Yessayan, tells The Boston Globe the crash “destroyed” his client. Yessayan says Zelnick was not speeding or under the influence, but shouldn’t have been driving given his medical condition. He declined to discuss Zelnick’s condition.

[Associated Press]

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