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Former BU professor found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in fatal crash

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Former Boston University journalism professor and former longtime ABC News correspondent Robert Zelnick was found guilty of negligent vehicular homicide and sentenced to three years of probation this week, according to the Plymouth district attorney’s office.

On the afternoon of Oct. 7, 2011, Zelnick, 73, of Brookline, turned his sport utility vehicle at the intersection of Route 3 and Clark Road in Plymouth into the path of a motorcycle driven by Brendan M. Kennedy, 26, of Plymouth, who was unable to stop before crashing into the vehicle and died of his injuries, authorities have said.

Zelnick was found guilty Tuesday in Plymouth District Court of misdemeanor vehicular homicide and was found responsible for the civil infraction of failing to yield, Assistant District Attorney Bridget Norton Middleton said.

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