Pa. dropped ball on drunk driver, official says

By Beth Vorhees  

A drunk driver is being blamed for a wreck Sunday night that killed five people. The tragedy occurred after a driver rear-ended a car and forced it across the median, where it struck another vehicle head-on. The victims include two teen-age girls and a 12-year-old boy. 

The driver accused of starting this chain reaction survived the wreck. He’s 32-year-old Brian Stone of Gans, Pennsylvania. He’s now charged with five counts of DUI causing death. He already has three DUI convictions in West Virginia, and faces a drunk-driving charge in Pennsylvania. West Virginia revoked his driver’s license in May 2004. Despite his record, Stone was driving with a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. So, how was that even possible?

We spoke to Steve Dale, an assistant to the commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. He says that somewhere along the way, Pennsylvania officials apparently failed to inform his office about Stone.

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