Update: Man arrested for involvement in fatal three-vehicle crash in Volney

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VOLNEY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – On December 27, 2021, the New York State Police reported a fatal three-vehicle crash south of Weller Road in the Town of Volney in Oswego County.

Around 4:00 p.m. early Monday evening on December 27, 24-year-old Matthew C. Pelton from Phoenix, NY, was northbound on County Route 6 in his 2014 Dodge pick-up truck when he lost control. Pelton was towing an enclosed trailer and jackknifed into the oncoming lane of traffic. In the process, he struck a 2012 Kia Forte driven by 63-year-old Robyn M. Sweeney from Fulton, NY.

After the initial collision, Sweeney was then struck head-on by 36-year-old Jennifer L. Loveless from North Syracuse driving a 2016 Mazda SUV. This pushed Sweeney’s KIA off the roadway and into the hedgerow.

Robyn Sweeney was pronounced dead by emergency medical services at the scene. Both Pelton and Loveless were transported to separate hospitals and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

There was also a 41-year-old male passenger in Loveless’ Mazda who was not injured.

On January 11, 2022, State Police arrested Matthew C. Pelton for Vehicular Manslaughter in the 2nd degree, Driving While Under the Influence with a BAC of .11%, and Failure to Keep Right. 

Pelton was arraigned before Town Justice Dory Dumas at the Oswego County CAP Court and was remanded to the Oswego County Jail instead of a $2,500 cash bail – $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Volney Court on February 7, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

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