Clarkson Student Dies In Drunk Driving Accident Near Rochester

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A teenager identified as a Clarkson University student is dead following a crash early Wednesday morning near Rochester.

James Spencer, 18, of Honeoye Falls, was pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

He was a backseat passenger in a car driven by 18 year old Garrett Ockun when it went off the road and struck several trees.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports Spencer was a freshman at Clarkson and was home visiting for Thanksgiving.

Ockun, also of Honeoye Falls, was charged with second degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

Ockun and two other passengers in the car were treated at Strong Memorial for various injuries.

Clarkson University issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

"It is with great sadness that we share news that James Spencer '15, an engineering and management major who resided in Brooks residence hall, lost his life early this morning in a traffic fatality near his hometown of Honeoye Falls, NY.

"Funeral arrangements are pending with his family and will be shared with the Clarkson community when available. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

"We know there were many students, faculty and staff at Clarkson who knew James and now grieve with his friends and family during this difficult time.

"If you or anyone in our campus community are in need of support or counseling, please call our counseling staff at 315-268-2327 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; during nights, holidays and weekends, please call campus Safety and Security at 315-268-6666, and they will immediately contact the counseling staff."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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