A Washington Township man has pleaded guilty in Berks County Court to driving while impaired when he crashed into a tractor-trailer parked along Route 100 and fatally injured his fiancee.
Shaun M. Kramer, 36, of the 2100 block of Weisstown Road pleaded guilty Friday to charges of homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence of a controlled substance or drug.
The charges stemmed from a crash that killed Amber Frain, 32, on July 13, 2018.
Police said Kramer was under the influence of prescription drugs when his minivan slammed into a tractor-trailer along the northbound lanes of Route 100, just north of Limekiln Road in Washington Township.
Kramer remains in the county prison pending sentencing this month by Judge Eleni Dimitriou Geishauser.
According to court documents:
A witness said Kramer's minivan was weaving while northbound on Route 100, just north of Limekiln Road.
The vehicle drifted across the white line and struck the tractor-trailer legally parked on the shoulder.
A witness said the minivan was traveling 50 mph to 60 mph at the time. She went to check on both occupants and saw neither was wearing a seat belt.
Kramer and Frain were trapped in the wreckage and freed by emergency crews.
Frain was taken to a hospital and died a week later.
Kramer was injured and required hospital treatment. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not.
Troopers ordered blood to be drawn from Kramer at the hospital. Results of those tests showed the presence of clonazepam and other drugs that belong to the class of benzodiazepines, also known as tranquilizers, and buprenorphine, which is prescribed to help people quit opioid drugs.
The drugs cause impairment, investigators said.