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Appeal dismissed in Northway crash that killed 2 Shen teens

Appeal dismissed in Northway crash that killed 2 Shen teens

Pleaded guilty in 2013 to 58-count indictment
Appeal dismissed in Northway crash that killed 2 Shen teens
Dennis Drue is escorted out of Saratoga County Courthouse in December 2013.
Photographer: Daily Gazette file photo

The Clifton Park man convicted in 2013 for causing the death of two Shenendehowa High School students and seriously injuring two others in a drunken-driving Northway crash had his appeal of the Saratoga County Court’s decision dropped this week. 

The state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division dismissed the appeal of Dennis Drue, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen announced this week. Drue, 26, is serving a five- to 15-year sentence in state prison. The appeal was tossed due to Drue’s failure to complete and file related documents, Heggen said in a prepared statement.

Drue pleaded guilty to a 58-count indictment on Sept. 27, 2013, which included charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault. In doing so, he admitted to being drunk, speeding and text-messaging when he rammed his Volvo sedan into the back of a Ford Explorer in Halfmoon on Dec. 1, 2012— killing Shenendehowa High School students Deanna Rivers and Christopher Stewart, both 17, and seriously injuring another Shenendehowa high schooler, Matthew Hardy, and Shaker High School student Bailey Wind.

Heggen said the appeal's dismissal brings to an end “one of the most tragic vehicular crashes” in the county’s history.

“He was responsible for the death of two bright young people and for causing serious physical injury to two others,” she said. “This finalizes his conviction and responsibility for the crimes he committed.”

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