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Deaths of Christopher Stewart and Deanna Rivers

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Deaths of Christopher Stewart and Deanna Rivers
DateDecember 1, 2012 (2012-12-01)
Time10:19 PM
LocationHalfmoon, New York
CauseCar crash due to an impaired driver
Non-fatal injuries2
ConvictedDennis Drue
VerdictGuilty plea
Sentence5–15 years imprisonment

On the night of December 1, 2012, Shenendehowa High School students Christopher Stewart, Deanna Rivers and Matthew Hardy along with Shaker High School student Bailey Wind were traveling up Interstate 87 when at 10:19 PM EST, just north of the Twin Bridges, Stewart's car was struck by Dennis Drue, who was under the influence of alcohol. Stewart and Rivers were killed, while Hardy and Wind were injured. Drue was transported to Albany Medical Center, where he was treated for light head injuries.


Drue was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, among 57 other counts of a 58 count indictment. He plead guilty to all counts and was sentenced to 5–15 years imprisonment on December 5, 2013.[1] Shenendehowa High School held a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims on December 5, 2012.[2] After the crash, two hashtag campaigns were started: #TebowCallMatt and #MissyCallBailey, referring to professional baseball player and former professional football quarterback Tim Tebow, and Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin. The campaigns ended with both Franklin and Tebow calling Bailey Wind and Matthew Hardy, respectively. The campaign got national coverage.[3][4][5] Every June, there is a softball tournament in memory of Deanna Rivers.[6]

Drue was denied parole in 2018. He will be up for parole in 2020.[7]


  1. Gavin, Robert. "Anger, tears, sorrow as Drue is sentenced". timesunion.com. Albany Times-Union. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  2. Nelson, Paul; Yusko, Dennis. "Tragedy and tears unite a community". Albany Times-Union. Albany Times-Union. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  3. News, A. B. C. "Tim Tebow Phones Crash Survivor". ABC News. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  4. "Tim Tebow, Missy Franklin call accident victims after seeing #TebowCallMatt, #MissyCallBailey hashtag". sports.yahoo.com. 4 December 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-02-02.
  5. "Tebow: Calling injured teen better than any TD". ESPN.com. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  6. "Softball tournament recalls Deanna Rivers' giving nature | The Daily Gazette". dailygazette.com. Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  7. Hughes, Steve (23 July 2018). "Dennis Drue, driver in deadly 2012 Northway crash, denied parole". Albany Times-Union. Albany Times-Union. Retrieved 27 October 2019.

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