A Harpursville man will be heading to prison after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old Harper Stantz.

Kevin Wilcox entered his plea in Broome County court Tuesday morning. He was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in state prison.

Wilcox admitted he was impaired by drugs when the Jeep he was driving mowed down Stantz and a friend on Beethoven Street on Binghamton's West Side.

Stantz died as a result of injuries sustained when she was struck by the vehicle on March 11. 19-year-old Britney Laserinko was seriously hurt in the incident.

Emergency workers on Beethoven Street on March 11, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Stantz and Laserinko were walking home after playing tennis at nearby Recreation Park on the sunny late-winter afternoon.

The vehicle operated by Wilcox hit them as they walked on a sidewalk. The out-of-control Jeep then struck two trees before coming to a halt at the intersection of Beethoven Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Wilcox was not injured. He was taken into custody at the scene.

The scene moments after two pedestrians were hit by a Jeep on Beethoven Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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