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.
A Democratic candidate's run for the Pennsylvania Legislature is down the drain, partly because he used too little water at the house he claimed as his residence.Read More »
- Judge: Only 1 Cosby accuser can testify at sex assault trial
- Pete Rose appears on Phillies' wall of fame ballot
- Philly mayor: $5.7M beverage tax haul doubles projections
- Sunoco building 2 pipelines, not just 1 across Pennsylvania
- Authorities identify 2 victims of Atlantic City stabbing
- At least 1 killed in Upper Providence crash
- Route 222 reopens after crash closed it for nearly six hours Friday
- Safe travels, Ed: A new generation honors the Greatest
- Allentown's Police Athletic League keeping kids on the right track
- Easton man charged with homicide in fatal shooting
- Woman loses more than half her body weight after 140-pound mass is removed
- Al Boscov's daughters, lifelong friend to speak at service
- Warm weather in Berks means time for ice cream
- Union Township woman accused of stealing from Parent Teacher Association
- "Mascots for a Cure" get down in Pottstown
- Black Bass Hotel becomes Hollywood movie set