Guilty plea in marijuana-infulenced fatal crash

March 25, 2008 1:19:54 PM PDT
A 19-year-old man has acknowledged that he was driving under the influence of marijuana when his car crashed, killing two of his passengers. Benjamin Ruth of Topton pleaded guilty Tuesday in Berks County juvenile court to homicide by vehicle and other charges. The 2005 crash killed 16-year-old Shay Keiper and 17-year-old Amber Krammes.

Defense lawyer Allan Sodomsky acknowledged the victims' families suffered a great loss.

The prosecutor asked the judge to detain Ruth pending sentencing, noting that police say Ruth had a small amount of marijuana when he was stopped for speeding in January. Charges from that arrest are pending in adult court. The judge allowed Ruth to remain free, but ordered him to surrender his driver's license.


Information from: Reading Eagle,