A Haddon Heights man who killed three women when he deliberately drove his Cadillac at high speed into a Mount Ephraim McDonald's has died in prison six months before his parole date.

Frank Nastasi, 60, pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular homicide in the 2002 - a failed suicide attempt, according to prosecutors.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison and would have been eligible for parole on Dec. 2.

Nastasi, the father of two, died Monday, May 24, according to a family death notice. A cause of death was not provided. His funeral was scheduled for today.

Deirdre Fedkenhuer, a state Corrections Department spokeswoman, confirmed Nastasi's death of natural causes. Nastasi, who had a number of health problems, had been serving his sentence at South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton.

Three women working in the 24-hour McDonald's on the Black Horse Pike were killed in the early morning hours of May 15, 2002, when Nastasi, hitting speeds of up to 100 mph, drove through the front of the restaurant and plowed through the dining area before coming to a halt in the kitchen.

Only the drive-through window was open at the time.

Killed were Cynthia Molino, 45, a mother of four; Nancy King, 49, a grandmother who planning to remarry, and Joanne Bowen, 52, who lived in a nearby motel after losing her home in Philadelphia.