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Sheriff's Office: Unsafe speed, nighttime conditions caused fatal boat crash on Oneida Lake

ORISKANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Oneida County Sheriff's Office has released the autopsy results from the fatal boating accident that occurred on Oneida Lake on July 5.

According to Sheriff Robert Maciol, the accident was caused by unsafe speed due to night time conditions and possible driver inattention because of fireworks along the south shore of Oneida Lake.

The accident took the life of 66-year-old Anthony Aceto, and two of his three children, 41-year-old Stephen Aceto of Tampa, Fla., and 33-year-old Timothy Aceto, were killed. 39-year-old Anthony Aceto cracked his shoulder and ribs and was still hospitalized Saturday.

The investigation also revealed that Anthony and Steven Aceto were unable to swim and none of the men were wearing life jackets at the time. The official cause of death is drowning, according to police.

Sheriff deputies credit quick rescue actions of Robert Luckina, who was traveling with the Aceto’s, and Anthony Pinto, who was fishing near the accident, with saving Anthony Aceto and aided rescue units responding to the scene.

Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol confirms to NEWSChannel 2 that alcohol was on the boat at the time of the crash but it was not a contributing factor.

A new piece of information is that Timothy Aceto was the operator of the boat.

The men were on the lake partly to celebrate Stephen Aceto's upcoming engagement to his girlfriend, according to past reports.

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