A college administrator charged with striking and killing two men while authorities say he was driving while intoxicated by drugs earlier this month has been indicted by a grand jury, lawyers said Tuesday.
The charges that Robert Beodeker, an administrator at Suffolk County Community College, was indicted on will remain sealed until he is arraigned by a judge, and no date for his arraignment has been set, officials said.
Beodeker, 50, of Aquebogue, was charged last week with aggravated vehicular homicide and other felonies after prosecutors said blood tests came back positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.
Beodeker, who pleaded not guilty after he was arrested last week, is being held on $1 million bond or $500,000 cash bail.
If convicted of the top charge against him, he faces up to 25 years in prison.
Beodeker was first arrested after authorities say he struck and killed John Elder, 76, of Freeport, and Edward Ross, 65, of North Bellmore, as they stood next to their disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the Meadowbrook Parkway just south of the Southern State Parkway in Roosevelt.
Beodeker is associate dean of student services at SCCC's Riverhead campus, responsible for counseling, financial aid and more. The recently divorced father of three has a doctorate from Columbia University, where he also teaches.