Driver killed in snowmobile accident in Cayuga County was legally intoxicated

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office is releasing new information about a man's death in a snowmobile crash in the Town of Locke earlier this month.

Investigators say 55-year-old Frederick Kussin III, the operator of the snowmobile, was legally intoxicated at the time he crashed into a tractor on January 4th.

Sheriff's deputies say it happened just before 5:30 p.m., on a seasonal road -- a portion of Cloverleaf Drive that's closed to traffic during the winter.

Investigators say the driver of the tractor, James Ball, had just left a field and parked his tractor and manure spreader, blocking the road. He had gotten off the tractor, and was in the process of closing a gate when Kussin collided with the vehicle.

Kussin was taken to Cortland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Ball was not hurt.

Investigators say Kussin was legally intoxicated with a BAC of .11 at the time.

Ball was ticketed for inadequate lighting concerning agricultural equipment and parking on a public highway.

The sheriff's office previously said Kussin owned two homes in Locke. He was well known in the area.