Man who killed Lyft passenger in Bensalem DUI crash gets up to 9 years in prison

Jim Melwert
January 03, 2019 - 11:52 am
Sean Learn

Bucks County District Attorney's Office


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Toronto man will spend four and a half to nine years in prison for a DUI crash that killed a man in Bensalem last year. 

Shane Learn, 49, was sentenced on homicide by vehicle DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle, and related charges, for a head-on crash in April in Bensalem. 

Neil Weiner, 57, was killed in that crash, and his wife Audrey Shapiro was seriously injured

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Prosecutor Bob James said Weiner and Shapiro were going to Parx Casino for a date night and knew they were going to be drinking, so they used a ride-hailing service.

"These folks did exactly the right thing," James said. "They called a Lyft. It picked them up at 6:30. And within 10 minutes, one person’s dead, and the next person is seriously disfigured."

James said their Lyft driver has permanent injury to his arm and back.

"I argued to the court that this case screams of cruel irony. Mr. Weiner is now dead, and Audrey Shapiro is now scarred, physically, mentally and emotionally as a result of the intentional driving under the influence of this defendant," James said.

Learn trained horses at Parx, and had two beers and a shot of whiskey at the casino before going to another bar in Bensalem and having a double shot of whiskey.

James says Learn said he passed out behind the wheel of his Ford F-150 and drifted into oncoming traffic, causing the head-on collision.