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Former Showboat owner, Horseheads village trustee charged in Yates DWI crash after 8 hopspitalized

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An alleged drunk driving incident involving a village trustee left six children injured on the Fourth of July in Branchport.

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The Bailey family, comprising of four children and two foster children, were en route to a fireworks celebration when their van was struck by a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Mark Cronin of Horseheads.

The impact caused the van to roll onto its side and resulted in hospitalization of all eight passengers, including four children aged between nine months to 16 years who were airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with serious injuries.


Cronin, a member of the Village of Horseheads Board of Trustees, is charged with DWI, vehicular assault and failure to stop at a stop sign, according to Sheriff Ron Spike.

The sheriff stated there were no skid marks prior to the crash, indicating that Cronin had sped through a clearly marked stop sign, colliding with the Bailey’s vehicle. Cronin was held overnight at the Yates County Jail and has since been released on bail awaiting his next court date.