Man charged in Skaneateles boating incident that critically injured a friend released on bail

SKANEATELES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Cortland County man was allegedly drunk while operating a boat during an incident that left his friend with critical injuries on Skaneateles Lake on Sunday, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office has charged 28-year-old Erich Lindhorst with first-degree vehicular assault and boating while intoxicated.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Lindhorst was under the influence of alcohol when he put the 19-foot Sea Ray vessel in reverse and its propeller struck Kyle Crosley of Penfield, who was swimming near the stern.

The Sheriff’s Office says two trauma doctors at the scene provided “life saving measures” before Crosley could be airlifted to Upstate University Hospital.

In addition to the criminal charges, Lindhorst was ticketed for multiple boating safety violations.

He is currently in custody at the Onondaga County Justice Center.

Crosley is recovering in the ICU and his condition has been upgraded to "stable." He was previously in critical condition. 

Lindhorst has since been released on bail, which was set at $5,000 cash or bond.


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