Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide for a highway race that ended in an Egg Harbor City crash that killed a 19-year-old woman.

Kevin Dilk,s of Chatsworth, and Alec Kavanagh, of Browns Mills, admitted they were racing on Clarks Landing Road at about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 23, 2011, when the fatal crash happened. Both men were 19 at the time and are now 22.

Dilks’ car lost control, left the highway and overturned, according to the charges. His passenger, Ashley Adams, of Southampton, Burlington County, was thrown from the vehicle and flown to the Trauma Unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead of multiple blunt-force traumas.

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Dilks suffered minor injury, and was transported by ambulance to the Atlanticare Regional Medical Center.

An investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Egg Harbor City police led to Dilks’ arrest three days later on charges of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, reckless driving and underage drinking.

A warrant was issued for Kavanaugh on Jan. 30, 2013, after it was determined the two were racing.

Vehicular homicide is a second-degree crime, which carries possible imprisonment of five to 10 years. Under the No Early Release Act, they would have to serve 85 percent of any sentence.

Kavanagh is scheduled to be sentenced May 23 before Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury. Dilks will be sentenced Aug. 1.

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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