Fatal accident on Easter Sunday headed to grand jury

By PAT BAILEY

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A felony hearing got under way late Tuesday morning to determine whether or not there's enough evidence to charge a Virginia man with vehicular manslaughter/

By the end of the day, it was determined the case would head to a grand jury.

William Daniels of Hopewell, Virginia has been charged with DWI and Vehicular Manslaughter after police say he blew a through a stop sign while drunk on Easter Sunday, and hit another vehicle.

Nurko Bakaran, of Utica, was killed in that crash.

At the felony hearing, Sergeant Donald Cinque of the Utica Police Department testified that when he arrived at the scene of the crash at South Street and Webster Ave, he first went to the car Bakaran was driving.

The driver was unconscious, slumped over in his seat, and pale looking, Cinque testified.

Cinque said he noticed a headlight, from a another vehicle, on his lap.

Lieutenant Scott Adsit, of the Utica Fire Department, also testified Tuesday. Adist said that as an EMT, that night, he attended to the defendant. Lieutenant Adsit said he could smell alcohol on Daniel's breath, and asked him if he had been drinking that night. At first Daniels denied it, but after a second line of questions he said "had a few", Adist testified.

At the end of the felony hearing on Wednesday, it was decided enough evidence was present for the case to go to an Oneida County Grand Jury. The D.A.'s office has 45 days to send the case to a grand jury.

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