Drug program ordered for man in fatal crash

July 14, 2008 7:01:02 PM PDT
A man was ordered to take part in a drug counseling program for driving under the influence of marijuana when his car crashed, killing two of his passengers. Nineteen-year-old Benjamin Ruth of Topton pleaded guilty in March in Berks County Juvenile Court to homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence of marijuana and recklessly endangering others. He was ordered Monday to serve five weekends of inpatient drug-and-alcohol counseling.

The September 2005 crash killed 16-year-old Shay Keiper and 17-year-old Amber Krammes and injured two other 16-year-old passengers. All four were students at Brandywine Heights High School.

Rush tearfully apologized to his parents and the victims' families and told Judge Arthur Grim that he hoped for a better future.


Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/