Driver May Have Been Impaired When He Struck and Killed South Carolina Pedestrian
CHENANGO COUNTY, NY – As reported in online news articles published by www.uticaod.com and wbng.com, a 20-year-old South Carolina man was struck and killed by a driver who may have been impaired at the time of the accident.*
According to New York State Police, a 31-year-old Utica man is in custody after a tragic late evening accident that left a 20-year-old South Carolina man dead. The accident happened on Route 7 in the Town of Columbus near the Unadilla Motocross track. The Utica man had been driving with 2 children in his vehicle, ages 4 and 8.
Troopers indicate that the Utica man “displayed characteristics associated with impairment.” The 20-year-old South Carolina man had been struck and left unconscious on the side of the road. An off-duty Sydney police officer attempted to provide aid to the victim with the assistance of state troopers until paramedics arrived.
The victim was subsequently transported to the St. Elizabeth campus of Mohawk Valley Health System where he died two days later. An autopsy will be performed at the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office according to state police. It is unclear whether the 31-year-old driver or the 2 children sustained any injuries in the accident. It is also unclear whether the driver is the father of these two children.
The 31-year-old Utica man was charged in Oneonta with two counts of driving while ability impaired and second-degree vehicular assault. An investigation into the accident is ongoing by the state police and the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office.
The Utica man was arraigned in the Town of Columbus Court, and a judge remanded the man to the Chenango County Jail on $100,000 cash bail/$200,000 bond. The accused may face additional criminal charges pending results of the investigation.
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Source:https://www.uticaod.com/news/20190812/pedestrian-hit-near-unadilla-mx-dies-utica-man-charged and https://wbng.com/news/local-news/2019/08/12/pedestrian-critically-injured-by-impaired-driver-with-child-passengers/
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