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Watertown man indicted for manslaughter in fatal Ellisburg crash


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.

Other indictments handed up include:

Luke T. Ogden, 34, address not available, is charged with felony driving while intoxicated. He allegedly operated a vehicle while intoxicated Sept. 8, 2011, in the parking lot of a motel on Route 342 in the town of Pamelia.

Harold F. Phillips Jr., 33, Watertown, is charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a felony, aggravated DWI as a misdemeanor and failure to stop at a stop sign. Police alleged that he drove with a blood alcohol content of 0.19 percent Sept. 22 on Superior Street while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked. A BAC of 0.08 percent or higher is considered proof of intoxication under state law, while aggravated DWI is charged when a motorist’s BAC is 0.18 percent or higher. It is alleged Mr. Phillips ran a stop sign.

The grand jury returned a no-bill, clearing Dwane E. Jarvis, 43, town of Pamelia, of two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief. The jury determined there was insufficient evidence to support allegations that Mr. Jarvis had slashed tires on two vehicles in the town of Worth.

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