UPDATE: Drunk driver who caused death of cyclist, serious injury of second pleads not guilty

UPDATE: Drunk driver who caused death of cyclist, serious injury of second pleads not guilty
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POSTED: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 12:39pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 9:00am

UPDATE: Joseph Branch has plead not guilty this morning to charges of Second-Offense DWI and Vehicular Homicide.

Branch had a .307 percent blood alcohol content, nearly four times the legal limit, when he hit and killed Nathan Crowson in February on Perkins Road. Danny Morris was also hit by Branch and was in the hospital for months.

ORIGINAL STORY: Five months after a cyclist was killed and another suffered life threatening injuries, an arraignment date has been set for the man accused of causing the crash.

Joseph Branch, 28, will make his first appearance in court since bonding out of jail back in January. That’s set to happen on Tuesday, June 26 in Judge Erwin’s courtroom.

Branch is accused of hitting two cyclists on Perkins Road back on Saturday, January 21. The crash instantly killed Nathan Crowson and sent Danny Morris to the hospital in critical condition.

Morris spent 11 days in a medically induced coma and has spent the past several months in physical therapy for his recovery.

A blood alcohol test was issued on Branch. The result was nearly four-times the legal limit.

Branch is charged with DWI (second offense), Vehicular Homicide, First-Degree Vehicular Negligent Injury.
 

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