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Two charged with DWI after accidents in Cayuga Co. that happened an hour apart

Monday, 12:43 pm: Two individuals were charged with driving while intoxicated following a pair of car accidents in Cayuga County, which occurred less than an hour apart from each other.

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould reports that James A. Sanders, a Union Springs resident was charged with misdemeanor DWI after allegedly hitting another vehicle around 9:23 pm on Clark Street Rd near the Fingerlakes Mall.

Deputies say that Sanders was driving westbound on Clark Street Road when he struck another vehicle from behind. The second vehicle had three passengers. Witnesses say that Sanders’ vehicle didn’t even slow down or hit the brakes as the vehicle approached.

The driver of the second vehicle suffered serious injuries as result of the crash. The injuries were reportedly to the head. All three were transported to Upstate University Hospital for treatment.

The second accident, which occurred on Route 20 in Sennett. In that accident, Jonathan E. Freed, of Auburn, was arrested for misdemeanor DWI.

Freed’s vehicle allegedly crossed the centerline on Route 20, nearly causing a head on crash. While the two vehicles avoided hitting each other — the two passengers in that vehicle suffered minor injuries as result of the crash.

FingerLakes1.com will have more on this story as it develops.


Original Story

Two serious accidents, which occurred just an hour apart kept crews throughout Cayuga County actively working late into the evening hours on Saturday.

Around 9:25 pm an accident involving three vehicles was reported, with at least one serious injury. At least three ambulances were called to the scene, which would be the first of two serious accidents happening during Saturday evening. The accident was said to have happened around the main entrance of the Fingerlakes mall, with debris being spread between the two Clark St. entrances, according to scanner reports.

An hour later crews were called to an accident on State Route 20 near County Line Road in the Town of Sennett. The accident allegedly occurred around 10:25 pm and happened just west of the Skaneateles Village line.

While details are few regarding the second accident – Route 20 was shut down until about 11:30 pm when it was finally re-opened to traffic. Skaneateles, Fleming, and Marcellus ambulance crews tended to victims throughout the evening at both accidents.


Earlier in the day on Saturday, a serious accident on Route 31 in the Town of Brutus was reported, which was a part of an active investigation at the time of the other two accidents.

Three people were transported to area hospitals, including the driver in that accident, who was airlifted to University Hospital with serious injuries after the car that person was operating flipped and rolled before coming to rest along the side of the roadway.

While this accident was reported in the middle of the afternoon – around 3:30 pm – it was the first reported accident, which seemed to lead off an active afternoon and evening for first responders in Cayuga County.

In all, at least two individuals reportedly had serious injuries, according to reports, which were not yet confirmed with the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, or New York State Police – who had been handling the various investigations into the area-crashes.

FingerLakes1.com will have more on these stories throughout the day on Sunday. 

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