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Watertown man indicted on manslaughter charge for fatal Ellisburg crash

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A Watertown man has been indicted on allegations that he caused the death of an Adams teenager by driving recklessly and crashing his vehicle in September.

Gaige W. Knapp, 20, faces counts of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and speeding, as well as two counts of failure to yield the right of way.

The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Wednesday in Jefferson County Court.

It is alleged that Mr. Knapp was operating a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette at a speed in excess of 100 mph on Sept. 1 on Route 289 in the town of Ellisburg when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to hit an embankment and roll over several times. A passenger in the car, Trevor D. Robinson, 17, was killed in the accident.

Mr. Knapp, who suffered multiple injuries, was hospitalized at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, for several weeks and then received home health care. He was charged in May by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies with criminally negligent homicide.

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