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Man dies in 1-car crash on rural central New York road; driver charged with DWI, manslaughter

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BRIDGEWATER, New York — State police say a central New York man has died in a one-car crash in his rural hometown and the driver has been charged with drunken driving and manslaughter.

Troopers say 28-year-old Kevin Bennett II of Utica was driving a car around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control, left the road and hit a ditch in the town of Bridgewater, in southern Oneida County.

Bennett's car overturned and 28-year-old Ryan O'Dell of Bridgewater was ejected from the vehicle before it came to rest in a field.

O'Dell was pronounced dead at the scene. Bennett was treated at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica for non-life-threatening injuries.

Bennett was charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and various vehicle and traffic violations. He's being held in the county jail.

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