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Benefit held for scholarship fund memorializing crash victims

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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – A scholarship benefit was held Sunday to benefit the memory of two Schaghticoke residents killed in a 2011 DWI crash.

Kyle Dobert, 20, and his girlfriend, Alisha Schoonmaker, 20, were killed in July 2011 when Dobert's father, Phlip Dobert, 52, crashed his car into a utility pole on Route 40 in Schaghticoke.

The benefit, held from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. at trick Shots Billiards in Clifton Park, featured several local bands, raffle items and silent auctions. All proceeds will benefit the Dove Memorial Scholarship which is awarded annually to a graduating senior at Shenedehowa High School that has knowledge of the SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, program and is actively involved in community services.

Philip Dobert agreed to a plea deal in March 2011 and was sentenced to 7 to 21 years in prison. Authorities say he had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he crashed the car. Prosecutors say he was coming from his other son's grave site and was driving at least 75 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour speed zone when he hit a pole near the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds.

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