CLAY (WSYR-TV) - A Liverpool man has been charged with DWI after crashing into a brick wall at the intersection of Oswego Road and Orion Path in Clay.
Witnesses told Onondaga County sheriff's deputies that Aaron D. Gunther, 32, of 7865 Hawthorne Drive, lost control of his car when he attempted to turn right onto Orion Path from a passing lane. The car hit a sign post and came to rest against a brick sign at the entrance of a nearby housing development.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene around 12:25 a.m. Sunday. They believe Gunther was headed north on Oswego Road in a 2002 Chevrolet Prism just before the crash.
The driver was taken to Upstate University Hospital, where he is expected to recover before a Clay Town Court appearance for charges of driving while intoxicated, imprudent speed, making an improper turn and reckless driving.
The investigation brings back bad memories for neighbors who recall a similar car crash in the same area earlier this year.
On Sunday night NewsChannel 9 talked to a neighbor who lives on that corner. A drunk driver hit his house and the brick sign back in February.
"I heard the screech of tires, waiting for the boom and it happened all over again," said Edward Thompson.
The crash in February led to the installation of a guardrail along Oswego Road northbound in that area.
Still, Thompson said he thinks more needs to be done to protect that intersection.
The County Executive's Office says no new changes will be made to the intersection to create added protection until the Sheriff's Office investigation is complete.