Saturday, August 1, 2015

Man charged in building collapse due in court today

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Sean Benschop.
Sean Benschop.

The excavator operator facing charges in connection with this month's deadly building collapse in Center City is due in court today.

Court records show a preliminary hearing is scheduled this morning for 42-year-old Sean Benschop. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and risking a catastrophe in the June 5 incident that left six people dead and 13 wounded.

A judge will determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Authorities say Benschop was impaired by marijuana and painkillers while operating machinery at the demolition site.

A four-story building at 22nd and Market streets that was in the process of being demolished collapsed, toppling onto a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store.

A grand jury is also being convened to look into the collapse.


Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or ebabay@philly.com. Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443; BreakingNewsDesk@philly.com. Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

Philly.com staff
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