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Boston University student pleads guilty in fatal crash

A Boston University student has pleaded guilty to careless driving charges in New Zealand in connection with a crash there in May that took the lives of three other BU students, according to the Ministry of Justice there.

Stephen Houseman, 20, of Massapequa, N.Y., pleaded guilty in Auckland District Court Wednesday, which was Tuesday night Eastern time, and was barred from driving in New Zealand for six months, said a ministry spokesman. He received no jail time.

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Houseman was driving a van near Turangi, New Zealand, on May 12 that hit gravel before it rolled over. Killed were junior Austin Brashears, 21, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; junior Daniela Lekhno, 20, of Manalapan, N.J.; and sophomore Roch Jauberty, 21, of Paris, who grew up in California.

Meg Theriault, 21, of Salisbury, was seriously injured and is in stable condition in New Zealand, a spokeswoman said.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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