Police: Man Tasered by Rehoboth officer run over by girlfriend

Woman who shot video of resort incident charged with homicide
October 1, 2013
Esther Candace Brubaker was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide for allegedly running over her boyfriend, Jeremy Anderson. Brubaker recorded an incident in Rehoboth Beach in April where Anderson was tasered by Rehoboth police. SOURCE SUBMITTED

A Pennsylvania man Tasered by a Rehoboth Beach police officer in a video that went viral last spring was run over and killed by the woman who videoed the incident in Rehoboth, Pennsylvania police said.

Jeremy Anderson, 34, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was struck and killed by a minivan police say was driven by his wife/girlfriend, Esther Candace Brubaker, 36.

Silver Spring Township Police said officers were dispatched to the couple’s home to investigate a pedestrian struck by a car Sept. 30.

Police said when they arrived, they found Anderson lying in the roadway at the end of his driveway. Anderson died at the scene and had noticeable tire tracks on his body, police said.

Police said Brubaker was operating the vehicle and had fled the scene.  She was arrested on charges of homicide by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident involving death, both felony charges.

Brubaker was arraigned at Cumberland County Prison and is being held there after failing to post $1 million bail, said Detective Jared Huff of Silver Spring Township Police.

Huff said police had been to Anderson's and Brubaker’s house before for domestic incidents.

In April, Anderson and Brubaker were in Rehoboth and Anderson attempted to get a key to Brubaker’s room at the Crosswinds Hotel. Rehoboth police said Anderson became belligerent when the clerk would not give him a key.

Confronted by Rehoboth officers, Anderson resisted arrest and was Tasered several times. While on the ground, Anderson was kicked in the head by Cpl. Robert Tyler Whitman, all of which was part of a video Brubaker posted on YouTube. In a review of the case, the Attorney General’s Office said the kick was a reaction to Anderson, who had tried to bite Whitman’s leg. The Attorney General’s Office determined that the Rehoboth police officers’ use of force was appropriate.

Anderson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor resisting arrest, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer and menacing in the Rehoboth incident. He received one year of probation and was ordered to pay fines and court costs.

Brubaker was pregnant at the time of the video; Huff said the couple’s child is in the custody of Cumberland County’s Children and Youth Services. Anderson's death is still under investigation, Huff said.

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