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Boston U. journalism prof, ex-ABC correspondent gets 3 years of probation in traffic death

A Boston University journalism professor and former ABC News correspondent has been sentenced to three years of probation for vehicular homicide in Massachusetts.

Robert Zelnick was also ordered by a judge in Plymouth this week not to drive and to write an apology letter to the victim's family.

Authorities say the 73-year-old Zelnick was leaving Plymouth's Pinehills Golf Club in October 2011 when he turned his SUV into the path of a motorcycle operated by 26-year-old Brendan Kennedy, of Plymouth. Kennedy, on his way to work at the club's restaurant, died.

Zelnick's lawyer, Raffi Yessayan, tells The Boston Globe (http://bo.st/1bvkfgL ) the crash "destroyed" his client. Yessayan says Zelnick was not speeding or under the influence, but shouldn't have been driving given his medical condition. He declined to discuss Zelnick's condition.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com