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Man charged with murder in '04 asphalt toss death

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Yonkers man has been accused of killing a woman by throwing a chunk of asphalt through her windshield from a highway overpass.

The Westchester district attorney says 26-year-old Alberto Plasencia has been charged with second-degree murder.

He was arrested Tuesday, nearly nine years after the fatal crash.

Marie McSweeney, of Queens, was driving south on the Sprain Brook Parkway when a chunk of asphalt 10 inches long slammed through her windshield and hit her in the head in 2004.

The car crashed and the 48-year-old McSweeney was killed. Her 87-year-old mother survived.

The district attorney's office says new information came to light in 2009 that led to Plasencia's arrest. A spokesman would not elaborate.

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