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Chef admits to drinking while driving, causing fatal crash

September 5, 2018

FLEMING, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York chef has admitted he was drunk when he crashed his car into another vehicle and killed a man.

The Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that Stephen Landon pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and other charges in county court. The 53-year-old Skaneateles (skin-ee-AT’-luhs) man now faces up to 13 years in prison for the crash that killed Travis Manwaring.

Landon was driving in Cayuga County last March when he crossed a center line and crashed head-on into Manwaring’s car. The 25-year-old died at the scene of the crash.

Police said Landon was driving with a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit and was drinking in the car.

At the time of the crash Landon was a well-known, award-winning chef in central New York.

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