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One killed, one charged in Town of Bridgewater accident

Bridgewater, NY (WKTV) - An accident Tuesday night on East Road in the Town of Bridgewater left one man dead and another facing charges, New York State Police said.

Ryan M. O'Dell, 28, of Bridgewater was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kevin M. Bennett II, 28, of Rutger Avenue in the City of Utica is charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and various vehicle and traffic violations.

The accident happened around 8:15 p.m. on East Road, just south of Shaul Road in Bridgewater. State police closed the road for several hours while the reconstructed the accident.

According to authorities, Bennett was driving northbound on East Road when he lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, causing it to exit the shoulder of the road where the car struck a ditch. The Malibu overturned, ejecting O'Dell, who was the front-seat passenger. The car continued before coming to rest in a field.

Bennett was taken to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. The investigation into the crash is continuing.

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