Transient Man Hit by Drunk Driver in Salina

by emallernee | August 22nd, 2011

August 22, 2011

A transient pedestrian was hit by a drunk driver in Salina, New York, and critically injured on the night of Sunday, August 21, say sheriff’s deputies.

According to, the accident occurred around 7 p.m. on Onondaga Lake Parkway .2 miles north of the CSX railroad bridge when a 66-year-old Syracuse man driving southbound in a BMW struck a 32-year-old homeless man.

Investigators believe that the victim had been walking along the west side of the road prior to the accident, but because the pavement was wet accident reconstruction has proven difficult. He was found in a parking area on the west side of the parkway, though car debris was also found in the roadway.

The victim was taken to Upstate University Hospital, where he remained in critical condition on Monday morning.

The driver of the BMW registered a blood alcohol content of .20 and has been charged with the following: first-degree vehicular assault, which is a felony, as well as misdemeanor counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated, first offense DWI, driving with a blood alcohol level over .08, driving on the shoulder, and failing to notify authorities of a change of address.

The man was arraigned on Sunday in Salina, New York, and taken to Justice Center Jail, where he remained on Monday morning with bail set at $25,000.

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