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Family remembers man lost in Oswego County crash

A small Dodge Intrepid was pulled from the side of Engles Road in the town of Oswego, hours after it crashed the night before. The driver, 19-year-old Joey McCarthy was one of four young men found dead inside.
Oswego (WSYR-TV) -- A small Dodge Intrepid was pulled from a ravine along the side of Engles Road in the town of Oswego, hours after it crashed the night before. The driver, 19-year-old Joey McCarthy was one of four young men found dead inside.

“You couldn’t ask for a better cousin,” said McCarthy’s cousin Chantel Marie Bickford. “There were so many things about him that I loved and I am going to miss him very much.”

McCarthy’s family says he'd spent the evening with friends in Fulton. He was within a mile of his home with three passengers, when he veered off the road into a wooded area that dropped several feet below the shoulder of the road. A highway worker noticed the car and called for help around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

All four men in the overturned Intrepid died, including James T. Stone, 20, Efrain A. Rodriguez, 23, and Joshua Shute, 23. The three passengers were from the Town of Granby according to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office.

"I love the kid. I just don't know what I would do without him. He's just one of those people you want to be around,” said McCarthy’s cousin, Nicole McCarthy.

Deputies say McCarthy was driving too fast when he lost control. The car went airborne and hit a tree before landing on its roof.

“His grandmother is up there and she is watching over him. But, as I see it, there was a lot for him to look forward to, but I hope he is happy,” Bickford continued.

As she remembered a kid who loved basketball and listening to the Beatles, McCarthy's mother, Faith, broke down thinking about his passenger's families.

"Tell them I am sorry," she said.

The message was echoed by her son's cousins, who gathered at the scene of the crash on Tuesday evening.

"I am so sorry for your loss. I can see how you would feel. I see the pain you'll be going through," Bickford said. "You just have to take it day by day. "

Deputies are still investigating the crash. They've asked anyone with information about the case to call Investigator Matt Bray at the Oswego County Sheriff's Office at 349-3319.
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