17 April 2022
Major Ruben A. Oliver
Troop B Commander


On April 17, 2022, at about 8 a.m., State Police responded to a fatal crash involving a single vehicle on Irish Settlement Road, in the town of Canton.

A preliminary investigation has determined that a 2008 Honda Civic, being driven by Cody J. Schweinberg, 19, of Madrid, was travelling northbound on Irish Settlement Road when it exited the roadway and struck a tree.  Two passengers in Schweinberg’s vehicle were identified as Nathaniel C. Pennyman, 20, of Calcium; and Tyler A. Bessette, 20, of Canton.

As a result of the crash, all occupants were injured, with Bessette dying at the scene.  Schweinberg was transported from the scene to Canton-Potsdam Hospital where he is currently listed in stable condition.  Pennyman was also transported from the scene first to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, and then transferred in stable condition to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, for further treatment. 

An autopsy will be conducted on April 18, 2022, to determine the cause and manner of Bessette’s death. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.  State Police were assisted with the investigation by local fire and EMS departments and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

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