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Buffalo man charged in Amherst accident that killed UB student

A Buffalo man who ran a red light causing a four-vehicle, chain reaction collision has been charged in the June 13 crash that killed University of Buffalo student Yu Hua Qiu, Amherst police said Monday.

Daniel E. Kepple, 48, of Buffalo, the driver of a pickup pulling a trailer, faces counts of 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.

Qiu, 18, of Brooklyn, was crossing Millersport Highway at Flint Road at about 4 p.m. when the pickup truck passed the red light and struck a car, which spun that car around striking the young woman, who was thrown several feet.

She suffered serious head injuries, police said.

From the start, police had a pretty good idea of what happened in the collision.

Two other cars also were involved. Though one of the drivers was unharmed, the driver of the other vehicle and her passenger needed treatment at Millard Fillmore Suburban for non-life-threatening injuries.

Qiu died from the injuries on June 14 at Erie County Medical Center.

Traffic Capt. Patrick McKenna credited Lt. John Olesko, Senior Investigators Kevin Murphy and Robert McMahon and Investigator Todd Seier with resolving the case.