Auburn man was driving drunk in wreck that killed teen


The Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann and Sheriff David Gould announced Friday evening that Dain R. Schneider, of Auburn was arraigned late in the day at Upstate University Hospital by Cayuga County Judge Thomas Leone on three charges connected to the fatal crash that killed 18-year-old Chloe Calhoun.

Schneider was arraigned at Upstate Hospital where he is being treated for injuries sustained in the accident. He was charged with driving while intoxicated – a Class E felony based on a prior conviction of driving while intoxicated in 2011, as well as aggravated unlicensed operation – a Class E felony for driving with a revoked license, and operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock device due to the 2011 conviction.

Schneider was operating a vehicle he did not own, which was not equipped with the required ignition interlock device. Bail was set at $50,o00 cash or $100,000 bond. He is currently being guarded by the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department.

Upon his release from the hospital, he will be returned to the Cayuga County Jail. He was assigned Defense Attorney Ryan Muldoon. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at (315) 253-3545 or email tips to [email protected].

Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould reports that investigators and deputies are working to determine the cause of an accident involving two vehicles on East Lake Road in the Town of Owasco. The accident occurred around 9:41 pm and resulted in one 18-year-old Auburn resident dying from injuries sustained during the crash.

Sheriff Gould says that Chloe E. Calhoun, 18, of Auburn was operating a 2005 Ford Escape and had just pulled out of Tom Thumb – heading north – when a vehicle operated by Dain R. Schneider, 33, of Owasco struck Calhoun’s vehicle from behind.

Calhoun was initially treated at Auburn Community Hospital, but was airlifted to Upstate Medical where she subsequently died from her injuries, says Gould.

Schneider was also transported to Upstate Medical where he was being treated for a variety of non-life threatening injuries. He was admitted to the hospital, according to investigators.

Investigators are also asking that anyone with information, or who might have seen the vehicles leading up to the crash – to contact Detective Lieutenant Brian Schenck at (315) 253-3545.

The investigation is ongoing and a cause has not yet been identified.

The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Cayuga County 911, Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office, Cayuga County Emergency Management, Cayuga County Critical Incident Stress Management Team, New York State Police, Owasco Fire Department, Owasco Ambulance, Fleming One Fire Department, Fleming Two Fire Department, Fleming One Ambulance, Rural Metro Ambulance, and Mercy Flight.


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