New information in hit-and-run crashes in Canandaigua

Updated: 08/29/2014 12:51 PM
Created: 08/29/2014 12:38 PM WHEC.com

New information has been presented that may shed light on why the chaos on Main Street in Canandaigua happened earlier this week.

William Lantier, 58, of Canandaigua has been charged with DWI, reckless driving and leaving the scene of almost a dozen accidents.

Lantier was in court on Friday morning with his lawyer. She told the court that Lantier was a long-time employee at Bausch and Lomb and now suffers from several medical issues, including diabetes.

Berkley: “Do you think the diabetes played a role in what happened?”

Jennifer Kehoe, Public Defender’s Office: “It might have. It’s definitely something we need to look into.”

Lantier is accused of being drunk and crashing into at least nine cars as he drove down Main Street in Canandaigua Wednesday morning.

Berkley: “Has he explained at all what caused that behavior?”

Kehoe: “Some of that I just can’t get into at this point.”

Berkley: “Are there any other factors that he was not aware of at the time?”

Kehoe: “There are probably medical issues. I’m not sure.”

Lantier has at least three prior convictions, including possessing a weapon, but Kehoe says it was a Civil War era rifle with gun powder in in.

“He’s a good guy. He’s a very nice man, and he’s gotten himself into a really unfortunate situation,” said Kehoe.

Lantier will be back in court next Wednesday, and that’s when they will set a date for a preliminary hearing. In the meantime, Lantier is still in jail on $5,000 bail.

We’ll continue to bring you any updates as they become available.

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