Crash victim identified

Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley reports that a cell phone may have been the factor leading to the death of a Sylvan Beach man on April 11.

Daniel J. Raus, 29 of Main Street, Sylvan Beach died early Sunday morning from injuries sustained when the pick up he was driving left route 31 in the town of Sullivan and struck a tree head on.

An outgoing and unanswered call was made by Raus between 1:44 and 1:45 a.m. from his cellular phone which was recovered after the crash. The crash was reported to 911 at approximately 1:46 a.m.

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