Montco man charged in fatal turnpike crash

Posted: January 03, 2013

A 34-year-old Conshohocken man was charged Wednesday with homicide by vehicle and other offenses in the Oct. 22 fatality of a state maintenance worker on the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Norristown and Valley Forge.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Benjamin Joseph Kane was driving with a suspended license when the 31,200-pound truck he was operating hit the rear of a Pennsylvania Turnpike vehicle on the right berm of a work zone.

The collision, which occurred about 8:30 a.m. off the eastbound lanes of the turnpike, forced the turnpike truck to strike and fatally injure Michael San Felice, 66, of West Norriton, who was working in front of it, the district attorney said. A passenger in the Kane truck, Jeremy Keith Hooper, required a leg amputation.

Kane was arraigned before Oreland District Judge Katherine McGill and bail was set at $100,000. A preliminary hearing was set for 11 a.m. next Thursday. - Walter F. Naedele

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