Madison County woman accused of driving drunk, killing motorcyclist and passenger

Members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred Thursday evening in the Town of Lenox.

Posted: Jul 16, 2021 7:02 AM
Updated: Jul 16, 2021 11:08 AM

LENOX, N.Y. (UPDATED) -- Members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred Thursday evening in the Town of Lenox. 

Around 9:35 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputies responded to State Route 31 at the intersection of Old Orchard Road, for a reported two-vehicle crash. 

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by 26-year-old Robert T. Scherl of Cicero, was traveling westbound on State Route 31. Then police say Sara Lane of Lenox failed to yield the right of way while attempting to turn northbound onto Old Orchard Road in her 2012 Jeep Liberty, colliding with the motorcycle.

Scherl was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger on Scherl’s motorcycle, 27-year-old Marissa Danforth, was pronounced dead at Oneida City Hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash. 

A subsequent investigation showed that Lane was intoxicated at the time of the crash. She has been charged with one count each of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree vehicular assault, DWI, DWI Per Se, reckless driving and failure to yield right of way.

Lane was arraigned and is being held at the Madison County jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

State Route 31 was closed between Lewis Point Road and North Main Street for several hours while Sheriff’s investigators conducted accident reconstruction. The roadway has since reopened. 

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by GLAS Ambulance, the Canastota Fire Department, Wampsville Fire Department, New York State Police, and the Madison County Office of Emergency Management. 

The invesgiation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 315-366-2311.

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