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Fayetteville man charged with DWAI-Drugs after striking pedestrian in Central Square

Richard D. Kim (New York State Police)

A Fayetteville man has been arrested on drug charges following an accident in Oswego County.

According to New York State Police, Richard D. Kim, 41, was charged with Vehicular Assault in the 2nd degree, a class “E” felony; DWAI – Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

The charges stem from an incident on Monday in which troopers were called to East Avenue in the village of Central Square around 6:30 p.m. for reports of a vehicle that had struck a pedestrian.

An investigation revealed that a 2016 Volkswagen, operated by Kim, was traveling east on East Avenue when he stated he "passed out" and struck a pedestrian who was walking in the same direction.

The pedestrian, identified as Sarah J. Pluta, 22, of Central Square, was transported by Menter's Ambulance to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse with non-life threatening injuries.

Kim was arraigned in the Town of Parish Court and was remanded to the Oswego County Jail on $1000 cash bail or $2000 bond and is scheduled to appear in the village of Central Square Court on Aug. 14.

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