Ex-Dean Sentenced for Drugged-driving Crash that Killed 2

A former Suffolk County Community College associate dean was sentenced Monday to four to 12 years in prison for driving while high on drugs and causing a crash that killed two men two years ago.

Robert Beodeker had pleaded guilty in April at Nassau County court to charges of vehicular homicide and driving while ability impaired.

“This defendant’s disastrous decision to drive while high on crystal meth resulted in the tragic loss of two innocent lives,” said Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Prosecutors said the 52-year-old Aquebogue man was driving a GMC pickup truck along the Meadowbrook State Parkway when his truck struck a disabled vehicle parked on the side of the roadway on March 4, 2013.

Two men who were fixing the vehicle, 76-year-old John Elder of Freeport and 65-year-old Edward Ross of North Bellmore, were pronounced dead at the scene.

New York State police arrested Beodeker, who was found to be high on methamphetamine at the time.