Cortland man charged with DWI after crashing vehicle

Photo provided by Cortland County Sheriff's Office

CINCINNATUS, N.Y. - Three people were injured in a crash on a dark road on the outskirts of Cortland County early Thursday morning.

At around 12:15 a.m., officers from the Cortland County Sheriff's Office responded to an accident on Route 41 in the town of Cincinnatus.

A 2007 Jeep being driven by 22-year-old Skyler Kenyon was traveling north on Route 41 when Kenyon swerved to avoid an animal in the road. He lost control of his vehicle, struck an embankment, and overturned his vehicle, blocking both lanes of travel, the sheriff's office said.

Kenyon and two passengers in the vehicle were transported by Cincinnatus Ambulance to Upstate University Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

A portion of Route 41 was closed between Gee Brook Road and the Willet town line for several hours to allow emergency crews to investigate the crash and remove debris from the roadway. Cincinnatus Fire and Rescue, Cincinnatus Ambulance, and Ron's Body & Paint assisted officers at the scene.

Kenyon was handed a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and several vehicle and traffic violations, including failure to wear a seat belt, failure to keep right, and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree, a felony.

He was arraigned in Cincinnatus Town Court and released to appear at a later date.