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Central New York DWI Kills Best Friend

Published November 16, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Sometimes the victims of drunk driving are innocent strangers – and sometimes they are our best friends.

A case in point: A central New York man admitted in court November 5 to drinking before getting behind the wheel and causing a wreck that killed his best buddy.

According to the Syracuse Post-Standard:

Huyland Bryant, 38, of Howe Road, pleaded guilty before County Judge Joseph Fahey to a single felony count of first-degree vehicular manslaughter in the death of Steven Paul Kearney.

Kearney, 41, of Marietta, died at home July 17, two days after being injured in the crash.

Authorities said Kearney was a passenger in a pickup truck Bryant was driving when the vehicle crossed the center line on Route 174 near Rockwell Road in Marcellus and struck an oncoming vehicle.

Robin Kearney said … her husband and Bryant were best friends who had just gone out that night to spend some time together for the first time in a while.

“They hadn’t been out together in a long, long time,” she said.

Bryant’s blood alcohol level was .18, significantly higher than the point of legal impairment.

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