LOCKPORT – The driver whose speeding car smashed into a tree on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation on Aug. 19, inflicting fatal injuries on a passenger, was given a plea offer Wednesday and was told to return to Niagara County Court Jan. 2 to take it or face possible indictment.
Pierce L. Abrams, 21, of Printup Road on the reservation, was offered a chance to plead guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. The charges would carry a maximum seven-year prison term, Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said.
“We’re considering it,” said defense attorney Joel L. Daniels, who asked County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas for the four-week delay. Farkas ordered Abrams to surrender his driver’s license and allowed him to remain free on his own recognizance.
Lewiston police reported that Abrams’ 2008 four-door Suzuki was speeding west on Mount Hope Road just east of Green Road at about 4:45 a.m. Aug. 19. The vehicle crossed the road, struck a ditch, a culvert and a small boulder, and became airborne before striking the tree and overturning. Passenger Kyle Atkins, 22, of the reservation, died of his injuries Aug. 24 in Erie County Medical Center.