The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports on September 13, 2023 at approximately 1:30am Sheriff Deputies and Investigators responded to State Route 89 in the Town of Fayette for a personal injury motor vehicle accident. A 2018 Dodge Caravan, being operated by Robert A. Fitzgerald, age 38 of Yanceyville, NC, was traveling northbound on State Route 89 when it left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Further investigation revealed that driver impairment was a contributing factor to the accident. A passenger in the vehicle, a 40 year old male, sustained serious injuries to his face and head, and was transported to Geneva General Hospital by North Seneca Ambulance. As a result of the investigation Robert Fitzgerald was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Vehicular Assault 2nd, as well as other Vehicle and Traffic Violations. Fitzgerald was then turned over to the Seneca County Correctional Facility to await arraignment at Seneca County CAP Court. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the New York State Police.