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Truck Driver Charged in October Death of Turnpike Worker

Police say his vehicle left roadway while traveling through Plymouth Township.

A West Conshohocken man is facing vehicular homocide charges after police say he was responsible for the death of a Pennsylvania Turnpike worker last October.

In a report released Wednesday, Pennsylvania State Police say Benjamin Joseph Kane, 34, was driving a tractor-trailer east on the turnpike near mile marker 331.6 on the morning of Oct. 22, when he left the roadway, striking a turnpike maintenance vehicle located in an active work zone. That vehicle was propelled forward, striking and killing worker Michael San Felice, who was performing maintenance work on foot. The driver of the maintenance vehicle suffered moderate injuries, while a passenger in Kane's truck suffered a "traumatic amputation," the report said.

Kane's driver's license was under suspension at the time of the accident, police said.

Kane was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, accidents involving death while not properly licensed, and related charges. He was arraigned before magisterial justice Katherine McGill, who set bail at $100,000 and ordered Kane to surrender his license. He is next scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan.10 at 11 a.m.

San Felice, a 66-year-old West Norriton resident at the time of his death, was a 12-year turnpike employee. He was also a U.S. Army veteran, where he served in the Vietnam War and earned several medals. He was survived by a wife of 43 years, two daughters, and three grandchildren.

Joan Shade Bangert January 02, 2013 at 08:24 PM
well you need to be held accountable for your action...
Monica Spataccino January 03, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Justice for my daddy!!! We all miss you so much!
Trish San Felice January 06, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Such a tragic loss. Hope you are all holding up well. May 2013 be a happier year for everyone.

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