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Man faces DWI, vehicular manslaughter charges after deadly crash in Lewis Co.

Man faces DWI, vehicular manslaughter charges after deadly crash in Lewis Co./ Photos courtesy WWNY

A man accused of driving drunk during a deadly crash in Lewis County is facing charges, according to a report by WWNY.

WWNY reports a 21-year-old man was killed when a pickup truck crashed into a tree on Soft Maple Road in the town of New Bremen early Sunday morning.

A sergeant from the sheriff's office told WWNY the driver, identified as 23-year-old Mathew Schweinsberg of Watertown, was driving drunk when he lost control on a corner and crashed into a tree.

It took responders 40 minutes to get the driver and two other occupants out of the single-cab pickup, which was wrapped around the tree.

One of the passengers, 21-year-old Andrew Freeman, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 19-year-old female passenger was taken to SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where she was said to be in good condition.

Schweinsberg was taken to Lewis County General Hospital for treatment and later released. He now faces charges of vehicular manslaughter, DWI and other infractions.

WWNY reports Schwiensberg's bail was set at $5,000.

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