Truxton Man Pleads Not Guilty To Vehicular Manslaughter Charge
A Cortland County Court Judge has reduced bail for a Truxton man accused of running down and killing a Fabius man while drunk behind the wheel.
21-year-old Derek R. Manwarren of 3944 Route 13 appeared in County Court Tuesday with his attorney Tom Anelli where he was formally arraigned on felony charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Vehicular Manslaughter in connection with the July 6th crash that claimed the life of 26 year old Brian Cook of Fabius.
Anelli who specializes in D-W-I defense cases entered not guilty pleas on Manwarren’s behalf.
The fatal crash occurred on Route 13 in Truxton in the early morning hours of July 6th.
The investigation revealed Manwarren who had been drinking at bars in Cortland prior to the accident was operating his truck northbound on Route 13; when he came upon two other trucks parked on the East shoulder of the roadway near the Twin Oaks Dairy Farm.
The two-parked vehicles were partially in the roadway. Manwarren’s truck hit the rear of the first parked truck, and then he struck the second vehicle. Manwarren struck and killed Cook who was in the roadway preparing to change a flat tire on one of the vehicles.
Anelli says at this point he waiting for the State police accident report and has commenced his own investigation, he says that Manwarren is devastated by this terrible accident.
At the time of the crash State Police say they found an open alcohol container in Manwarren’s truck.
Manwarren was initially held on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond; yesterday County Judge William Ames reduced bail to $10 thousand dollars cash or $20 thousand dollars bond. Manwarren is due back in court on October 2nd.