Virginia man charged in accident that killed Utica man


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Police say a Virginia man will be charged with common law DWI for his role in a fatal accident over the weekend.

According to Sergeant Steve Hauck of the Utica Police Department, William Daniels "blew through a stop sign" near South Street on Sunday night, striking the car driven by Nurko Bakaran, 50, of Utica, who died from the injuries suffered in the crash.

Police say Daniels, of Hopewell, Virginia, was driving a white van that struck Bakaran's car. An accident reconstruction team was at the scene most of the night Sunday and into the morning hours, Hauck said.

Police said initial thoughts are that Daniels was drunk and speeding when his van hit the car driven by Bakaran, Hauck said. Police say Daniels will be arraigned on the one charge, and depending on what the investigation shows, other charges are possible.

"What happens is, they will give the circumstances of the accident, what they know, and they turn that over to investigators, and from that point, our investigators, along with the DA's office will determine what the charges are," Hauck said.

Police say Daniels is in the Utica area for work, but did not specify where he is working.

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