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Victor community devastated after fatal DWI crash in Parma

The Victor community has been devastated by the loss of a 52-year-old, who was killed by an alleged drunk driver in Parma over the weekend.

Steve Kneeland, 52, was killed in a crash that happened on West Ridge Road a little before 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s office said that James Jacobs, the North Carolina man who was driving the second vehicle, was intoxicated. He was also driving the wrong way.


He was arraigned on DWI and vehicular manslaughter charges. Bail was set at $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 secured bond.

He denied drinking, but admitted in the ambulance that he consumed 2-3 drinks between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Kneeland was identified as a Lockport resident, but had extensive ties to the Victor community. “As a staff, as a club family, we were shattered. Heartbreaking doesn’t even begin to describe the process,” Victor Swim Club Head Coach Micheal Murray told News10NBC.

His kids swam in the club. “He had that unique ability to make you feel like you knew him forever when maybe you only knew him for a couple months,” Murray added.

Kneeland was survived by his wife Jamie, and their two boys Noah and Eli.



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