Ambler local Andrew R. Meyers, 26, was recently sentenced to serve at least 31 ½ years in jail after he apparently told police he was under the influence of drugs when he ran into a teenager from Lower Gywnedd last March.
Meyers, then a heroin addict, was high on cocaine and marijuana while he drove his pickup truck and sped through a Penllyn neighborhood at 60 miles per hour, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. He eventually slammed into Penllyn resident Natan Leuhrmann-Cowen, 13, while the young teen rode his skateboard down the street.
Bradford A. Richman, a Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney, said Meyers killed Leuhrmann-Cowen before the teenager could even attend the talented youth program at Johns Hopkins University, where he had already been accepted.
"Natan had a wide range of interests and excelled at all of them," said Richman. "This young man would have changed the world."
Meyer's attorney James P. Lyons said his client has remained drug-free since the drugged driving car accident and apologized for what had happened. "Andrew knows his actions caused this young man's death. He's absolutely devastated. It's a very sad case," said Lyons.
Earlier on, Andrew Meyers pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to charges involving one count each of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, and homicide by vehicle related to DUI, which is considered a second-degree felony in Pennsylvania. Judge Thomas P. Rogers then sentenced Meyers to 31 ½ to 7 years in state prison, followed by one year of probation.
Meyers is also expected to pay for Natan Leuhrmann-Cowen's funeral expenses as well.
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