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Syracuse man indicted on 13 charges for September crash that killed two

Eric Dempsey (Syracuse Police)

A Syracuse man is indicted on 13 charges in relation to what police described in September as a drunk driving incident that ended with two people dead.

Eric Dempsey has been indicted on 13 charges, they include:

  • Two counts of aggravated Vehicular Homicide
  • Two counts of aggravated vehicular manslaughter in the first degree
  • Vehicular manslaughter in the second degree
  • Manslaughter in the second degree
  • Unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the first degree
  • Unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the third degree
  • Aggravated driving while intoxicated
  • Operating a motor vehicle while having .08 or more of one percent by weight of alcohol
  • Operating a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition
  • Reckless Driving
  • Aggravated Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree


Police said when officers tried to pull over a vehicle driven by Dempsy in September he paused but then drove away when officers got out of their vehicle.

Police Chief Frank Fowler said Dempsey then drove through a stop sign and collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Tallman Street. The other car did not have a stop sign, according to Fowler.

The victims, Edward Rice, 49, and Robert Owens, 22, died from injuries they suffered in the crash, Fowler said.

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