Sheriff's Office: DWI Crash Kills One in Lewis County, Driver Ch

Sheriff's Office: DWI Crash Kills One in Lewis County, Driver Charged

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A 21 year-old man is dead after a pick-up truck crashed into a tree in the town of New Bremen early Sunday morning.

The accident happened around 3 a.m. on Soft Maple Road.

Sgt. Richard Knight, with the Lewis County Sheriff's Department said the driver was driving drunk when he turned a corner and lost control, killing one of the passengers. Three people, including the driver, were inside the single cab pick-up truck.

The deceased victim, Andrew Freeman, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck wrapped around a tree and it took about 40 minutes for Croghan firefighters to get the people out.

The driver Mathew Schweinsberg, 23, of Watertown, was taken to Lewis County General Hospital, was released and then taken to jail. A female passenger, Madison Furgison, 19, was flown to SUNY Upstate Medical in Syracuse. A little before 2 p.m. Sunday the sheriff's department said she's listed in good condition.

Schweinsberg is charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter, 2nd degree. Other charges include unsafe speed for a curve and unsafe tire. His bail was set at $5,000.

At the scene of the accident Sunday morning, Sgt. Knight said, "Don't drink and drive.That's the biggest message we can send out there. Don't drink and drive."

The sheriff's department was assisted at the scene by Beaver Falls Fire and Ambulance, Croghan Fire, Search and Rescue, and Bellers Towing.

Along with Lewis County Sheriff's deputies, investigating the incident are New York State Police and Collision and Reconstruction Unit, the Lewis County district attorney, and Lewis County Emergency Management.

The investigation is ongoing.

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