ALBANY, N.Y. – A trial date has been set for a local man accused of killing two teens and injuring two others in a December 2012 crash on the Northway.
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy, III, announced Monday that Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano has scheduled a trial date for September 30, 2013, in the case of People v. Dennis Drue.
Authorities allege Drue killed two Shenendehowa students and injured two others in a crash which resulted in a 59 count indictment, 52 of which are felonies, by a Saratoga County Grand Jury. It is alleged that Drue was impaired by alcohol and marijuana at the time of the crash.
Drue has pleaded not guilty to all charges, his attorney Steven Coffey saying: "I do not apologize for representing my client and I do not apologize for his not-guilty plea."
The accident occurred between the Twin Bridges and Exit 8 northbound, in the Town of Halfmoon, around 10:20 p.m. on December 2, 2012.
Christopher Stewart, 17 and passenger Deanna Rivers, 17, both of Clifton Park, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police.
The two other passengers in Stewart's vehicle, 17-year-old Shaker High School student Bailey Wind, of Latham, and 17-year-old Matthew Hardy, of Clifton Park, were transported to Albany Medical Center for serious injuries, according to State Police.
Officials say the students were leaving a sports game when another vehicle, a Volvo driven by Drue, hit Stewart's Ford Explorer.
Reconstruction of the accident scene, as well as witness accounts, revealed that Drue's vehicle was operating at a high rate of speed moving his vehicle from the far left lane into the far right lane. Drue subsequently made contact with the rear of the Explorer, causing both vehicles to leave the road.
According to authorities, further investigation revealed that there was no apparent culpability on the part of Stewart.
See the full copy of Drue's indictment below, underneath the comments section.