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Buffalo man arraigned on second-degree manslaughter charge in fatal police chase

A Buffalo man whose attempt to flee a Buffalo police officer resulted in a fatal car accident was arraigned on a second-degree manslaughter charge Tuesday in State Supreme Court, according to the Erie County District Attorney's office.

Kevon Walker, 28, also was charged with first-degree attempted assault and unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the first degree.

According to the District Attorney's Office, at about 10 p.m. on April 4, a man approached Buffalo police officers on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Goodell Street and told them that a man with a gun had shot toward him near the McCarley Garden apartments.

The victim provided police with a description of the suspect's vehicle, which was located near the apartment complex. Patrol officers activated the lights on top of the patrol car to initiate a traffic stop, the District Attorney's Office reported.

However, Walker, the alleged driver of the vehicle, did not stop and attempted to flee police at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Walker also failed to stop at traffic signals, according to the District Attorney's Office. The pursuit ended when Walker lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a building on the corner of Genesee Street and Bissell Avenue.

Walker suffered head, eye and leg injuries in the crash. His passenger, Keith Mixon, 26, of Buffalo, died from his injuries.

Walker is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 14. If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

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