Syracuse man indicted on 13 charges for September crash that killed two
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —
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.