Virginia man arraigned in fatal Easter Sunday crash

By PAT BAILEY

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The man charged with driving drunk and killing a Utica man on Easter was arraigned on a slew of charges in Oneida County Court on Wednesday.

William Daniels, 46, of Hopewell, Virginia, is facing eight charges, including a long list of traffic violations for his alleged role in the Easter night accident that killed 50 year-old Nurko Bakaran on South Street. According to police, Daniels was driving drunk when he ran a stop sign on South Street and Webster Ave on the night of April 24.

Daniels was arraigned in Oneida County Court on Wednesday morning after being indicted on the following charges:

*two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide
*one count of vehicular manslaughter
*one count aggravated vehicular assault
*one count vehicular assault
*three counts of DWI, two common law
*reckless driving.

All charges add up to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison, if Daniels is convicted.

Daniels pleaded not guilty Wednesday.He was offered a plea deal, the details of which were not made public. He is due back in court in two weeks to tell the judge whether or not he will accept that deal.

Daniels is being counseled by a public defender who said Wednesday that he will most likely be his defense through the rest of the proceedings.

Daniels was sent back to the Oneida County Jail where is still being held in lieu of $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

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