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Stay-at-Home-Dad Arraigned in Fatal Crash Case

William Slatton, 30, remains in custody after cops say he was high on methadone in a crash that killed a bicyclist.

Appearing at Riverhead Justice Court on Friday morning, Middle Island resident William Slatton will remain held on bail at Suffolk County Jail in Riverside after police say he struck and killed a bicyclist Thursday afternoon while high on methadone, with four children in the car.

Judge Allen Smith set bail for Slatton at $50,000 cash and $100,000 bond, and said Suffolk County's Major Crimes Bureau is reviewing the case and considering levying more charges against the 30-year-old.

Slatton remains charged with all misdemeanor crimes currently – DWAI drugs, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. The charges could result up to a year in jail.

Slatton, who is reportedly on probation until Nov. 18, pleaded not guilty to all charges.

In court on Friday, Judge Smith appointed Legal Aid lawyer Daniel Ginty to Slatton's defense after he told the court he has about $1,900 in savings and is a stay-at-home father.

Slatton said he lives at home with his girlfriend, who Ginty said after the arraignment was present along with someone else, as well as his four children. He told the court he has lived at his current address for about three years.

Ginty requested Slatton's entire $1,900 savings as bail, though Smith denied the request and accepted an assistant district attorney's call for $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

According to the ADA, Slatton has been convicted on felony and misdemeanor charges in the past, though did not specify. He also added that Slatton has three notices of failure to appear before courts.

Riverhead Police released a statement Thursday evening alleging that Slatton was driving westbound on Route 25 on Thursday afternoon in the vicinity of Calverton National Cemetery when he veered off the road, into oncoming traffic heading eastbound, and into bicyclist Steven F. Kane, who authorities said was pronounced dead on the scene.

The incident occurred just after 1:30 p.m. police said, and despite efforts to revive Kane on the scene by passing motorists and a Ridge fire chief, the man was pronounced dead at the scene by Wading River Fire Department paramedics. He was transported to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office in Hauppauge.

Greg Lynch November 04, 2012 at 02:54 PM
"Stay at home Dad"???? Shame on the newspapers of NY for calling an out of work drug addict a "Stay at home Dad". As a true stay at home Dad I am more than offended by this reference. Please call him what he truly is; a dirt bag drug addict that killed an innocent human being. My heart goes out to the victims family, but most of all those poor children who do not have a chance to say "no, I will not get in that car with you and risk my life"
Ronald Kane November 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Mr. Lynch- thank you, as a father of 5 and step father to 2 I am also offended that they even refer to him as a "father" . Fathers are to protect and take care of their children. Not to mention that the good man he killed was my brother, a husband, a son, a father, and a grandfather. Slatton is far from a father- he is what is wrong with our society.
CJ Maggio November 04, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I totally agree with Greg Lynch & Ronald Kane, and my heart and prayers go out to you, Mr. Kane & your family on losing your brother, Steven Kane, in this horrific and needless killing of your brother. I am SO ANGRY at the killer's girlfriend, who allowed her 4 children to be in the car knowing that her boyfriend, William Slatton, did not have a license to drive!
Barry Doubleday November 04, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Mr. Kane , I raced cyclocross with Steve in New England in the 55+ catagory and expected to race with him this weekend . It's a very close knit group and we are all shocked when we learned late this afternoon . Our prayers and thought go to you and the family for such a senseless loss.
Mongenious November 05, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Bs he is a great stay at home dad despite what you all may friggin think. He was in recovery and doing well he has a new born child and was doing his best the only thing he did wrong was knowingly drive without a license. Im sorry for the family who lost their loved one but the comments are rediculous your all demonizing a man whos been through more than any of yall can handle. And he is a great father and being on methadone isnt a bad thing its a positive thing and he wasnt high either if u really knew what u were talkin about ud know that u cant get high on methadone.. So im not down playing what happened its terrible and sad and im sorry from the bottom of my heart but he is not a goddamn dirtbag or a lowlife. He worked hard at recovery and was a great father and did what he could to make due so stop name calling . And realize it was an unitentional accident. That could happen to anyone on methadone or not.
mallory November 05, 2012 at 10:43 PM
i would like to start my comment by saying i am so so truly sorry from the bottom of my heart to the Kane family, i recently lost my aunt to the same exact accident this august while she was riding her bike on a saturday morning, so if there is anyone here on this page that can relate to the utter shock, and the grief that comes with such a tragic tragic loss its me... accidents happen everyday and life is scooped up and taken from us and there is nothing that anyone can do to take it back... but please, if you all can refrain from ripping him apart and calling him names that do NOT represent the kind of man he was, find it in your heart to do so. I have known William for 5 years, i met him in my own personal path to recovery and i have known his girlfriend for 12 years... the one thing that i can say is that they are nothing but those most loving protective parents i have ever seen, william was not high on methadone to the point that he couldnt handle operating a car! he and his girlfriend would never ever ever put their children in harms way, and since the accident they have done nothing but feel pain and sorrow for the kane family... they are truly sorry from the very bottom of their hearts that something so tragic has occured. William is NOT some junkie drug addict thousands of people everyday go seek help from methadone clinics and proceed to drive after their doses.. this was just a brutal accident and we all need to respect eachothers own sorrow and grief!
Dennis November 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Mr. Lynch: Have you come here often? ILLEGAL ALIENS are referred to as "undocumented immigrants" by this same "news" source. The people who write these articles have NO PROBLEM coming up with absurd euphemisms for criminals. It's standard operating procedure at the patch.
Dennis November 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Amen to that! And my heart and sincere prayers go out to you and your family, Mr. Kane.
Dennis November 06, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Mongenious: He may very well be a good father (except for driving under the influence, without a license, with his kids in the car), but can you not see that there will be a certain level of ANGER when he is referred to as a "stay at home dad" in light of the circumstances? And YES, you most certainly CAN get high off of Methadone - it IS an opiate, just one with a longer half-life than most commonly abused opiates. An accident, I'm sure, but the reason people are angry is there would have BEEN NO ACCIDENT if he simply obeyed the law and kept himself out of the driver's seat and his kids out of the car.
Dennis November 06, 2012 at 07:01 PM
mallory: *I* for one would NEVER speak ill of people suffering from addiction. What do I look like, Rush Limbaugh? Addiction is horrible, debilitating, and tragic. Getting in a car with your children while you have a suspended license and are in the land of Nod and killing an innocent person, however, only compounds the tragedy a million fold.
paul November 08, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I admit it, in my head I demonized Slatton like many others, and it was hard not too. His previous convictions, combined with his 3 failures to appear before the court combined with his suspended license while driving a car with 4 children in it would make many others demonize him, too. I feel sorry for Steven and Steven's family, I feel sorry for William Slatton's children, his girlfriend and his family. But, as a cyclist who's also ridden on the same road where the incident occurred, it's very hard for me to have any sympathy whatsoever for Slatton. That is a wide road with good shoulders on either side. For him to swerve so far over to the point where he was on the shoulder of the oncoming lane takes a great deal of either negligence, impairment, or both. As a former counselor for substance abusers, I also believe that addiction is a disease, not a moral issue. What I see here is a man who may have part of his recovery figured out, but certainly not all of it. Operating a vehicle while on methadone-wrong. Driving with a suspended license-wrong. Endangering the lives of minors-wrong. Not focusing on the safety of others and swerving into oncoming traffic-wrong. Failing to appear before a court when summoned-wrong. People who have mastered recovery don't do these things because they KNOW such actions are wrong. People in relapse do perform such actions because their justification is: "It's only wrong if you get caught". Thank God only one person lost his life that day.
Angelo Bruno November 10, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Why does someone with the "disease of addiction" have to be a dirt bag drug addict? How do you know the victim was such a "innocent human being"?
Angelo Bruno November 10, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I agree with your comments except where you said you can not get high off of methadone. You can.

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