Thomas William Druce
|Member of the PennsylvaniaHouseofRepresentatives |
from the 144th district
January 5, 1993 –September 25, 2000
|Preceded by||Jean Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Katharine M. Watson|
|Constituency||Part of Bucks County|
|Born||June 18, 1961|
|Spouse(s)||Amy Schreiber (divorced)|
|Alma mater||Westminster College|
Thomas William Druce (born June 18, 1961) is a former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He represented the 144th legislative district in Bucks County.
The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP, is one of the two major political parties in the United States; the other is its historic rival, the Democratic Party.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is the lower house of the bicameral Pennsylvania General Assembly, the legislature of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. There are 203 members, elected for two-year terms from single member districts.
The 144th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania and has been represented since 2019 by Todd Polinchock.
He graduated from William Tennent High School in 1979 and from Westminster College (Pennsylvania) in 1983. He was sworn into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1993 and was elected to four terms.
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In July 1999 while driving, Druce struck and killed 42-year-old Harrisburg pedestrian Kenneth Cains, a US Marine Veteran. After attempting to cover his tracks by repairing his Jeep SUV, filing a false accident claim with his insurance company and lying to police, Druce eventually pled guilty to a hit and run for leaving the scene of an accident, as well as insurance fraud and tampering with evidence. Though he admitted to a night of drinking before the hit-and-run, he was able to avoid additional drunk driving charges because too much time had passed to test his blood-alcohol level. He was sentenced to two to four years at SCI Laurel Highlands.
In traffic laws, a hit-and-run is the act of causing a traffic accident and not stopping afterwards. It is considered a supplemental crime in most jurisdictions.
State Correctional Institution – Laurel Highlands is a Minimum-Security facility located on State Route 31, about three miles east of the Somerset Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. SCI-Laurel Highlands houses Minimum-Security Inmates, particularly older males and geriatric/mentally ill males.
This crime was the subject of an episode of Forensic Files titled "Capitol Crimes".
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