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Canadian Man Charged with Killing Lyft Passenger in DUI Crash

May 8, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Robert D. James, 215.348.6332, rdjames@buckscounty.org

Shane Learn
       Shane M. Learn

A Canadian man was arraigned today on charges that he killed one person and injured two others by crashing a pickup truck into a Lyft ride-share vehicle while driving drunk April 28 in Bensalem.

Shane M. Learn, 48, of Toronto, surrendered today on charges including homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI.

He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Michael W. Gallagher, who set bail at $300,000, 10 percent cash. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for May 16.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the crash occurred in the 4000 block of Richlieu Road around 6:45 p.m. Fatally injured was Neil W. Weiner, 57, of Holland, who died May 1 at Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia.

Seriously injured was Weiner’s wife, Audrey Shapiro, 55, who remains hospitalized. The couple’s Lyft driver, identified as Daniel Weingart, suffered minor injuries, the affidavit said.

Police allege that Learn was driving a 2014 Ford F-150 truck northbound on Richlieu Road when he left his travel lane and struck a guardrail. The truck then crossed the double-yellow center line into the northbound lane and struck a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Weingart, the affidavit said.

Police detected alcohol on Learn’s breath, and that his eyes were bloodshot, glassy and watery, the affidavit said.

After failing two field sobriety tests, Learn consented to a portable breath test, which registered a .162 percent blood alcohol concentration, the affidavit said.

Learn subsequently consented to have his blood drawn at St. Mary Medical Center, the affidavit said, and told officers in an interview that he had consumed two beers and a double Jameson shot prior to driving.

The affidavit quoted him as saying, “It was my fault. I crossed the line.”

The case is being investigated by the Bensalem Township Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Robert D. James, Chief of the Homicide by Vehicle Division.

Criminal charges are allegations subject to proof in court. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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