Man who killed Shen students in 2012 crash denied parole, victims' families say | WNYT.com

Man who killed Shen students in 2012 crash denied parole, victims' families say

WNYT Staff
Updated: July 24, 2020 06:05 PM
Created: July 24, 2020 10:40 AM

Dennis Drue, the man responsible for killing Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers in a 2012 crash, has been denied parole, according to the Stewart and Rivers families.

Drue will not be eligible for parole until 2022.

Drue hit and killed Chris and Deanna on the Northway on December 1, 2012. The Shenenedehowa students were traveling from a Siena-UAlbany basketball game. Their friends, Bailey Wind and Matt Hardy, were injured in the crash.

Drue was sentenced in 2013 after pleading guilty to 58 counts including manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and DWI.

“We were confident the parole board was going to make the right decision,” Brian Rivers told NewsChannel 13’s Mark Mulholland.

Rivers also thanked the Capital Region community for their continued support. The family has also received support from across the country and internationally.

“We submitted nearly 20,000 signatures on his denial and hundreds of letters and comments,” he said.


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