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Benjamin Kane charged with homicide by vehicle in death of Michael Sanfelice on Pa. Turnpike

Sanfelice was working with highway maintenance crew at time of crash

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A truck driver has been arrested for allegedly causing a crash that killed a Pennsylvania Turnpike worker last year.

Benjamin Kane was charged Wednesday with homicide by vehicle in the crash, which killed Michael Sanfelice and injured two other people in Plymouth Twp., Montgomery Co., on Oct. 22, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Pennsylvania State Police announced.

The investigation, officials said, revealed that Sanfelice was standing in front of his turnpike maintenance vehicle on the berm of the highway when Kane, operating a 31,200 pound truck with a suspended license, drove onto the berm and struck the turnpike vehicle from behind.

Sanfelice, 66, of West Norriton Township, died at the scene. The driver of the turnpike vehicle and a passenger in Kane's truck were injured.

The turnpike maintenance vehicle was parked in an active work zone with various yellow hazard lights flashing at the time of the crash, officials said.

In addition to homicide by vehicle, Kane, of Conshohocken, was charged with aggravated assault by vehicle; accidents involving death or personal injury while not properly licensed; and recklessly endangering other persons.

Bail for Kane was set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10.

Sanfelice, a 12-year employee of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, served as director of the Jefferson Fire Company since 1985 and as a member of the Frank C. Parker Jr. and Son American Legion Post 901 and the West Norriton Civil Service Commission, said Pa. Rep. Mike Vereb, who served as a spokesman for Sanfelice's family at the time of the crash.

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