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Trustee forced to forfeit elected job after pleading guilty to vehicular assault in Yates County DWI crash

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Mark Cronin, the driver responsible for a serious accident in Yates County last July has finally pleaded guilty to felony vehicular assault and driving under the influence.

The crash occurred when Cronin, under the influence of alcohol, ignored a stop sign and collided with a van near Penn Yan, causing significant injuries to Zachary Bailey, the van’s driver from Dundee, and his seven passengers, six of whom were children.


They victims ranged from nine months to 16 years old, according to authorities.

Rejecting a plea deal in December that proposed a one to three-year prison sentence, Cronin faced indictment shortly thereafter. His guilty plea leads to the forfeiture of his position as an elected trustee on the village board in Horseheads, where he resides.

The former owner of the Showboat Motel in Himrod, Cronin is set to receive his sentence this coming June.