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Boy’s family claims grandfather intoxicated at time of fatal crash

Zane Rupert
Zane Rupert

David Faulx, 65, was intoxicated during an Oct. 13 crash on Winfield Road in Winfield Township where he and his grandson, Zane Rupert, 12, died, according a social media post by the boy’s father.

WTAE reported late Friday evening that the boy’s father, Josh Rupert, had obtained a report, which had not yet been made public by police, that indicated Faulx had a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit.

A Facebook post made by Rupert, said the report showed Faulx’s blood alcohol level was .246, or more than three times the legal limit, at the time of the fatal crash.

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Zane was a Knoch Middle School student and member of the Saxonburg Spartans football team. His death devastated his teammates, coaches, teachers, friends and all who knew him.

“I had the feeling I knew the answers the whole time,” Rupert said in the post. “My son’s accident was not an accident.”

Rupert said he was frustrated that his son was taken in an instance that could have been avoided and by someone who thought they could get away with driving drunk.

“Thoughtless, careless, negligent, selfish and irresponsible” are the adjectives Rupert used to describe Faulx, of Cabot.

“I now have to go the rest of my life without him,” Rupert said in the post. “I don’t get to watch him grow up. I don’t get to watch him graduate. I don’t get to watch him get married and have a family of his own.”

Rupert added that his son loved and admired Faulx.

“This is a man who should have been protecting Zane at all costs, all of the time,” Rupert said.

Rupert had advice for those reading the post, and all motorists.

“If you think you can get in a vehicle and drive drunk, thing again, please I beg of you,” he said. “No matter how many times you ‘got away with it,’ one day, you may not.”

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