Knox man pleads not guilty after fatal accident on Route 20

Daniel Broomhall (Guilderland PD)

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Knox man accused of striking and killing a person late Wednesday night pleaded not guilty in court.

Crews responded to a vehicle/pedestrian accident around 11 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 1800 Western Ave. Officials said a 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche operated by Daniel Broomhall struck 22-year-old Issac Gonzalez Villarreal, of Albany, as Villarreal was crossing State Route 20.

Broomhall was traveling west, according to police. Villarreal was treated at the scene and transported to Albany Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

“The driver was there; an investigation commenced,” Guilderland Police Captain Curtis Cox said.

Police conducted a sobriety test at the scene, and Broomhall was arrested and charged with DWI and Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree. The 42 year old was remanded to the Albany County Correction but made $30,000 bail after his arraignment in Guilderland Town Court Thursday afternoon.

With tears in his eyes and his family by his side, Broomhall pleaded not guilty to the charges. The judge ordered his license suspended.

The case has now been moved to Albany County Court. The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to contact the Guilderland Police Department at 518-356-1501.

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