Seward man arraigned on manslaughter, other charges

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010

The Seward man who allegedly drove drunk into Resurrection River in July 2009, killing a 13-year-old boy, was arraigned in Kenai Superior Court this week on several charges, including manslaughter.

Daniel Armstrong, 44, allegedly drove 13-year-old Matthew Landers, of California, a 10-year-old and another passenger into the river near Old Nash Road in Seward last summer, while under the influence, according to charging documents.

All but Landers made it out alive.

Rescue personnel, with the help of private citizens, had to use a backhoe to get the vehicle out of the water, according to troopers.

Armstrong is scheduled for trial on Nov. 1 in Seward.

In addition to manslaughter, Armstrong faces two DUI charges and endangering the welfare of a child.

Armstrong is being held at the Wildwood Pre-trial facility on a $25,000 cash performance bond.

Armstrong has a previous reckless driving with alcohol charge from 1995, and he was stopped in 2006 for driving 36 miles above the speed limit, according to court records.

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