Police Arrest Crane Operator in Philadelphia Collapse
Faces charges of involuntary manslaughter in deadly building accident
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2013 3:51 PM CDT
This undated Philadelphia Police photo shows Sean Benschop, who also goes by the name Kary Roberts.   (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police)

(Newser) – Sean Benschop, the crane operator behind the stick in the Philadelphia building collapse that killed six and injured 14 this week, turned himself in to police today after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Benschop—who may have been high at the time of the accident—will be charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person, and one count of risking a catastrophe, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Involuntary manslaughter is a first-degree misdemeanor, but the latter is a felony. Benschop has been arrested 11 times and served two prison stints since 1994, with charges including drugs, theft, and possession of weapons, reports the AP.

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Imhotep
Jun 10, 2013 6:26 PM CDT
Scuse me while I kiss the sky.
People_Suck
Jun 10, 2013 2:53 PM CDT
Wow. I always thought Jimi Hendrix died. He's not looking very well.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Jun 9, 2013 8:29 PM CDT
We have had dozens of crane related deaths in my state. There is talk of creating a license for it. Right now, there is only a certification process by commercial companies and unions. It is not required to have one before you get into the control room of a 70 story construction site crane. After someone dies, we talk about changing the law but the union always wins the battle as the people killed are usually union workers standing under whatever the union crane operator dropped on them. So the legislator said that was fine for them to police their own.