The driver of a sport utility vehicle involved in a Vestal Parkway crash that left a husband and wife dead has been indicted on several felony charges.

32-year-old Stephen Moran of Binghamton was arraigned in Broome County Court on Thursday before Judge Joseph Cawley.

Moran faces counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and manslaughter, along with other related charges.

Authorities said Moran is accused of driving at an excessive speed while intoxicated on the parkway on the evening of August 8.

An August 8 head-on collision on the Vestal Parkway resulted in the deaths of a Johnson City couple. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
An August 8 head-on collision on the Vestal Parkway resulted in the deaths of a Johnson City couple. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Investigators said the Chevrolet Equinox operated by Moran slammed into a Nissan sedan. The Johnson City residents who were in the Nissan died as a result of the crash.

57-year-old Alfred Latessa was pronounced dead at the scene. 60-year-old Paula Latessa died at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City a short time later.

According to the Broome County district attorney's office, Moran pleaded not guilty to all charges. If convicted of aggravated vehicular manslaughter, he could face a sentence of 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison.

In a news release, DA Michael Korchak said: "This was an extensive investigation involving the Vestal Police Department, Broome County Sheriff's Office, Binghamton University police and other agencies."

Korchak said no trial date has been set.

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