Man charged in fatal crash outside UB’s North Campus

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – The driver who caused the fatal crash that took the life of a University at Buffalo student crossing Millersport Road at the entrance to the university’s North Campus is now facing charges.

Amherst Police have charged Daniel Kepple, 48, of Buffalo with passing a red light, failure to lower speed approaching an intersection, reckless driving, inadequate trailer brakes, unsafe lane change and driving to the left of pavement markings.

On June 13, Yu Hua Qiu, 18, a UB student from Brooklyn, was struck as she crossed Millersport at Flint Road. Investigators determined a Ford pickup hauling a small trailer driven by Kepple hit a car driven by Aujonee Smith, 20, of Amherst in the middle of the intersection. The car spun around and hit Qiu. She was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital with a head injury before being flown to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight. She later died from her injuries.

After hitting the car in the intersection, Smith’s pickup continued forward and hit two other vehicles waiting to turn left on Flint. The first vehicle was driven by 25-year-old Rebecca Jo Reyes of Michigan. She and her passenger, 56-year-old Sandra Mohn, were taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. The second vehicle was driven by 27-year-old Dana Cave of Tonawanda, who was uninjured.

Kepple is due back in court at a later date.

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