Man at center of deadly Cape pool hall crash pleads not guilty

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CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A man at the center of a deadly Cape Coral pool hall crash is pleading not guilty.

In 75-year-old William Gulliver’s arrest warrant, police say he was drunk when he slammed into Diamond Billiards back in July. The pool hall’s chef Ron Gravel died after being pinned to the bar, two other women were also injured in the crash.

In the arrest report, a bartender at Diamond Billiards says Gulliver was served three beers and spilled one of them. Gulliver was asked to leave after groping women at the bar, according to a bartender and one of the victims. The bartender also told authorities Gulliver almost fell on the way out the door.

Witnesses say Gulliver sat in his pick-up truck in the parking lot for 10 to 15 minutes, revving the engine several times before driving through the business’s front windows.

After the crash, a bartender told authorities he “saw Gulliver open the driver’s door, step out, and sit down at a nearby bar stool like nothing happened.”

The arrest report also states in the ambulance ride to the hospital, Gulliver tried to grope one of the women injured in the crash but she pulled her arm away and a paramedic told him to stop. The victim says that’s when Gulliver told her “I am sorry for what happened.”

Gulliver entered a written plea of not guilty to several charges, including DUI manslaughter, DUI causing serious bodily injury, and misdemeanor battery. He’s now out of jail on bond.

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