ALBANY, N.Y. - NEWS10 has learned Dennis Drue, who prosecutors say caused the fatal Northway accident killing two Shenendehowa students, has a significant driving record which includes five suspensions, 22 traffic tickets including more than a dozen speeding tickets, and four previous accidents.
22-year-old Dennis Drue, previously known as Dennis Toomer, was charged Monday with 59-counts, including 52 felonies, in connection to the December crash which killed two Shen teens and injured two others. Prosecutors say Drue was driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana and was speeding prior to the crash; and this is not the first time Drue has been in trouble on the road.
According to records from the Department of Motor Vehicles, between the period of June 2007 and September 2012 Drue was charged with speeding 13 times. These 13 speeding tickets are apart of a total of 22 traffic tickets on his record also including two Fail to Stop, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, two Cell Phone tickets, and Obstructed View.
Records also show between the period of July 2007 and February 2009, Drue has been determined at fault in four car accidents, three in Troy and one hit-and-run accident in Cohoes.
Drue's license has also been suspended four times prior to the fatal crash: In November 2008, February 2009, June 2011, and October 2011.His license finally was suspended for a fifth time after the fatal accident, on December 3, 2012.
Drue's license was not suspended at the time of the crash.
The December 1st Northway accident resulted in the death of two 17-year-old Shen students Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers who were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other 17-year-old students, Bailey Wind, Stewart's girlfriend, and Matt Hardy, Rivers' boyfriend, were hospitalized.
Drue has been charged with 52 felonies including four counts of Vehicular Manslaughter, four counts of Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, and Vehicular Assault to name a few.