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This story was written by Pete Blanchard, editor of the Cortland Voice.

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A Virgil man who was arrested in April in connection with a crash that left his 6-year-old daughter dead was indicted Friday morning by a grand jury in Cortland County.

Daniel A. Haynes III, 30, of Virgil, was indicted on 31 counts, including second degree murder, aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

Haynes is accused of causing the April 24 crash which sent his three children – ages 6 through 10 – to the hospital. According to police, Haynes was traveling on West State Road at around 8:45 p.m. at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a utility pole and came to rest on the shoulder of the road. Two other passengers in the car were treated for minor injuries.


A grand jury concluded Friday that Haynes “engaged in reckless driving of a motor vehicle … while he was in an intoxicated condition … in a manner that caused the death of Alexia Haynes,” the indictment reads.

Following the news of her death, an online fundraiser was set up to raise money for funeral expenses for the young girl. The effort would raise more than $13,000.

This story will be updated.