VOLNEY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The New York State Police have given an update on the fatal three-vehicle crash that occurred in Volney in December on 27th

On January 11th, Matthew Pelton was arrested on the following charges:

  • Manslaughter in the Second Degree
  • DWI with a Blood Alcohol Content of .11%
  • Failure to Keep Right

Pelton was arraigned at the Oswego County CAP Court and is currently in the Oswego County Jail with a $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. His next scheduled court appearance is on February 7th, at 5:00 pm at Town of Volney Court.

Eyewitness News will continue to update this story with information as it is released.


VOLNEY, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The New York State Police are reporting that a fatal three-vehicle crash has occurred south of Weller Road in the Town of Volney on December 27th.

Around 4:00 pm early Monday evening, 24-year-old Matthew C. Pelton from Phoenix, NY was northbound on County Route 6 in his 2014 Dodge pick-up truck when he lost control. Pelton was towing an enclosed trailer and jackknifed into the oncoming lane of traffic. In the process, he struck a 2012 Kia Forte driven by 63-year-old Robyn M. Sweeney from Fulton, NY.

After the initial collision, Sweeney’s then struck head-on by 36-year-old Jennifer L. Loveless from North Syracuse driving a 2016 Mazda SUV. This pushed Sweeney’s KIA off the roadway and into the hedgerow.

Unfortunately, Robyn Sweeney was pronounced deceased by emergency medical services at the scene. Both Pelton and Loveless were transported to separate hospitals and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

There was also a 41-year-old male passenger in Loveless’ Mazda who was not injured.