Saturday, August 1, 2015

Man charged in building collapse due in court today

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 Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

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