Shane Learn, 49, was arrested and sentenced in Bucks county to 4 to 9 years in state prison for striking a Lyft vehicle while intoxicated and killing one passenger, and injuring his wife. The fatal incident happened on April 28th, on the 4000 block on Richlieu road in Bensalem outside of Parx casino.
The victim, Neil Weiner, and his wife Audrey Shapiro ordered the Lyft because they had been drinking. DA Robert D James says the couple “did exactly what is expected” by ordering the ride from the casino.
Shapiro said that even though her injuries were severe, when she saw her husband in a hospital bed “it shook me to my core.”
Learn pleaded guilty in November to multiple charges including homicide by vehicle and DUI. Learn admitted he was drinking before the crash at several locations throughout Bensalem.
When he was driving home after having the drinks at around 7 p.m., his Ford F-150 truck slammed head on into a Chevy Malibu carrying the driver and the two victims. Police say Learns pickup truck was in cruise control at the time of the crash.
Learn was remorseful at sentencing, saying his “distorted self entitlement,” and “alcoholic denial” led him to this horrific crime. Learn’s attorney asked for a detainer for his client, as he expects him to be deported back to Canada after his sentence.
The judge presiding over the case, Jeffrey G Trauger, said he believed Learn was remorseful, and he hopes this event can deter future tragedy.
“It is my hope that at some time, in some place, in some way these events will be recalled by some future driver,” Trauger said.
WBCB’s Keith Noonan contributed to this post.