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Man Who Killed Friend While DUI Sent to State Prison

March 21, 2016


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

A Quakertown man who killed one friend and injured two others while driving drunk last summer was sentenced this morning to serve seven to 14 years in state prison.

Stanley Kaminski Jr., 24, was drunk and high on marijuana and synthetic marijuana July 1 when his speeding vehicle ran off Route 309, hit a ditch, went airborne and struck several trees in West Rockhill Township. Killed was Todd Rubin, 24, of Dallas, Pa., who was riding in the front passenger seat. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Severely injured were two passengers in the rear seat. Jacob Winter, 23, survived a broken neck and arm and hip fractures. Summer DeCastro, 18, survived a severe concussion, a broken collarbone and fractures to her ribs, hip and a vertebra.

Kaminski’s 2005 Saturn Ion was so badly damaged that rescuers had to cut the roof off of it to extract the occupants. Its speed was determined to have been between 89 and 99 miles per hour when it struck the ditch, said Deputy District Attorney Robert James, who prosecuted the case.

On the night of the crash, Kaminski said, he had been upset over an argument with the father of his girlfriend. He met his friends at a house in Quakertown, where he became intoxicated before deciding to drive to another friend’s house in Philadelphia.

“I was the only person with a car and I didn’t think I was too messed up to drive,” Kaminski told Bucks County Judge Rea B. Boylan. “I made the worst decision of my life.”

As the car sped down southbound Route 309, Kaminski’s friends grew alarmed and asked him to slow down. Instead, he laughed and drove even faster, James said. A witness told police that the car’s speedometer read 110 mph just before it left the roadway.

Kaminski pleaded guilty to charges including homicide by vehicle while DUI, DUI-related aggravated assault by vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, and driving under the influence.

It was Kaminski’s second DUI offense. He also has served time in prison for a burglary in 2013, and had juvenile arrests for disorderly conduct and theft.

Rubin’s survivors told Boylan that Kaminski had received enough second chances, and urged the judge to give him a substantial sentence.

“Stan’s family should be glad he’s still here, and that they don’t have to look at an urn like my mother does,” said Rubin’s sister, Shelby Rubin.

“The devastation that Stanley has caused our family is unspeakable,” Rubin’s mother, Linda Langdon, wrote in a statement that was read in court. She wrote that her son was to have walked her down the aisle at her wedding last summer, but died three weeks beforehand.

Defense attorney Michael Lacson and Kaminski’s mother described a difficult childhood during which Kaminski was hospitalized after trying to kill himself when his father died. He left school after 10th grade, and has struggled with depression and substance abuse, they said.

Michele Kaminski said the house where her son got drunk before the accident was a well-known party house that she regarded as a public nuisance. She said she had picked up intoxicated young people there many times and had driven them home safely. “It kills me that I wasn’t there to drive him home that night,” she said.

Boylan said that she considered Kaminski’s age and his difficulties in life, but added that he had been given ample chances to deal with them already. “Most egregiously, he had been asked to slow down” by some of the victims, the judge said, “and he did not.”

Boylan sentenced Kaminski to serve four to eight years in state prison for the homicide by vehicle while DUI charge, followed by a consecutive three-to-six-year sentence for the aggravated assault charges. She also ordered him to serve four years of consecutive probation, pay $6,243 in restitution, and more than $1,500 in fines and costs.

Approved for release by Matthew Weintraub, Chief of Prosecution.

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