Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce reports that Seneca County Sheriff’s investigators, working in conjunction with the Seneca County District Attorney’s office, after an extensive investigation has charged Ralph C. Brown, 57, of 37 Wintergreen Point Road, in Oswego, for the following:
Criminal offenses are: Manslaughter in the second degree a class C felony, criminally negligent homicide, a class E felony, assault in the second degree a class D felony and assault in the third degree a class a misdemeanor.
Vehicle and traffic offenses are: reckless driving, driving while the ability impaired, failure to keep right, failure to use designated lane and failure to yield one half of roadway.
The charges stem from a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on NY State Route five in the area of the Montezuma wildlife refuge on August 9, 2015.
It is alleged that Brown was operating a 2007 Ford F350 pickup truck westbound while his ability was impaired.
Investigators report Brown crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic striking a 2008 Ford F150 pickup truck being operated by Josiah P. Robin, 20, of 10641 State Route 90, Locke, NY, head-on in the eastbound lane.
Brown’s vehicle came to rest on State Route 5 and Robin’s vehicle left the roadway and came to rest in the south ditch turning onto its driver’s side.
Brown’s vehicle after the crash had a minor fire which was extinguished.
Robin’s vehicle after coming to rest in the ditch caught fire.
Robin was pinned inside the vehicle and several bystanders including members of the New York State Park police attempted to extinguish the fire and remove Robin from the vehicle.
They were unable to extricate Robin from the vehicle before it was fully engulfed in flames.
Robin perished in the fire from his injuries.
Brown and his passenger were taken from the scene and transported to Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse.
Brown was admitted to the hospital and his passenger was treated and released.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Department reconstructed the scene and the roadway was closed for several hours.
Investigators report Brown was arraigned before Seneca County Superior Court Judge Bender on April 4 at 2 p.m., where he was ROR’d and is to reappear at a later date for further court action.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the York State Park police, Seneca County District Attorney’s Office, north Seneca ambulance, Magee, Seneca falls and red jacket fire departments, Seneca County Fire coordinators, Seneca falls police and state police.