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SYRACUSE STREET SWEEPER DRIVER FIRED

A street sweeper operator who admitted to drinking the night before his machine hit a woman and dragged her 300 feet has been fired.

Sherman Stewart was terminated Friday for gross misconduct following an investigation, Mayor Roy Bernardi's office said. He was found to be in violation of city work rules and policies governing the safe operation of motorized equipment.

His termination is effective immediately.

Police said Stewart, 46, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.04 a half-hour after the 4:30 a.m. accident on Monday. Stewart told police he drank a few beers before going to bed the night before.

Barbara Kren, 51, was dragged nearly 300 feet after becoming trapped between the machine's brushes and a conveyor belt. The Syracuse resident is in serious condition.

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