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Case in December Northway crash moving along

The case against the driver who allegedly caused a wreck on the Northway in December that killed two Shenendehowa high school students moved one step closer to trial earlier this week.

Acting state Supreme Court Judge Jerry Scarano denied a handful of pretrial motions on Tuesday from Stephen R. Coffey, the attorney representing Halfmoon resident Dennis Drue, who is facing 52 felony charges, including aggravated vehicular homicide. The charges stem from a Dec. 1 accident that led to the deaths of Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers, two 17-year-old Shenendehowa High School seniors, and severe injuries to two other high school students.

Included in the motions by Coffey was an attempt to have Drue's indictment thrown out. In his decision rejecting the motion, Scarano wrote that the indictment was based upon "adequate, competent evidence" that was sufficient to support the crimes charges.

A copy of the recent decision is available below.

Coffey declined to comment on the decision. He confirmed plans to introduce a motion before June 24 that would suppress statements Drue made to law enforcement.

Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said, "There are statements that Drue made to law enforcement that we intend to use against him on trial."

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