Suffolk College Dean Charged With Homicide In Car Accident
March 18, 2013
Robert Beodeker, 50, accused of driving under influence of drugs
Beodeker (right) wearing sunglasses
(Long Island, NY) A dean of Suffolk County Community College is being charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while impaired in the deaths of two motorists after crashing into their stopped vehicle on the Meadowbrook State Parkway on March 4, according to the New York State Police Department.
Robert Beodeker, 50, of Aquebogue, is reported to have been driving with methamphetamine and amphetamine in his system when he crashed his GMC pick-up truck into two men standing by their broken-down Nissan Maxima on the Meadowbrook State Parkway in Roosevelt, police said.
The crash claimed the lives of John Elder, 76, of Freeport, and Edward Ross, 65, of North Bellmore. Both victims were pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.
Beodeker had been traveling southbound at the Southern State Parkway interchange when the accident occurred at approximately 12:37 p.m. He had been using the prescription sleep aid Ambien. He was also driving with a suspended license, according to authorities.
Beodeker had been previously charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and reckless driving, but after medical tests proved conclusively that Beodeker had been driving while drugged at the time of the accident, new charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving while impaired were brought against him.
Beodeker turned himself in to police on Friday after the new charges were pronounced, authorities said.
An associate dean of student services at Suffolk CountyCommunity College, Beodeker, if convicted, faces up to 25 years in jail. According to reports, his bail currently stands at $1,000,000.