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Families of 3 killed in Northampton Co. crash awarded millions in settlement

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:18:06 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 07 2013 03:40:31 PM EST


A multi-million dollar settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed in a deadly drunk driving crash in Northampton County.

Anthony Bruno was driving drunk when he hit and killed Chad Horne, Robin Villegas and Terri Buskirk on Easton Road in Bethlehem Township on Jan. 28, 2010, police said.

Bruno had drunk more than 30 alcoholic drinks and was traveling an estimated 70-80 mph in a 40-mph zone when he hit the victims' car, according to court documents.


Bruno, whose blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, at 0.23, pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol and DUI. He was sentenced last year to 7-and-a-half to 14 years in prison.

Bruno was part of a caravan, sponsored by Muhlenberg Twp., Berks Co.-based All-Star Distributing, that traveled to a Reading Royals hockey game at the Santander Arena. The caravan also stopped at some bars in Kutztown.

A settlement reached in Philadelphia on Monday awarded nearly $12.7 million to the victims' families, one of the largest such settlements in Pennsylvania, according to Kevin Marciano, an attorney involved in the case.

The breakdown, Marciano said, includes a $6 million payment from SMG, the company that manages the Santander Arena; $4.5 million from All-Star Distributing and Geiger Beverage; $1 million from Shorty's Bar in Kutztown; $500,000 from Roosevelt's Bar in Bethlehem; $500,000 from the Kutztown Pub in Kutztown; and $50,000 from Bruno.