Murder Charges File Against Man Who Allegedly Ran Down A Cyclist Who Was Breaking Into Vehicles
New York City authorities and civil leaders are attempting to address the rising number of bicycle fatalities. There have been 19 deaths to date, many of them involving bicyclists and drivers. Protests from cyclists have occurred, including a “die-in” protest where hundreds of New York cyclists laid down. Authorities have attempted to combat the problem by enforcing traffic laws, giving cyclists additional time at traffic lights, and making plans to put in additional miles of biking lanes. While many of these incidents have been accidents, one recent accident is being charged as murder.
The New York Daily News reports that a man is being charged with murder for running down a cyclist who was breaking into vehicles.
41-year-old Korey Johnson has been charged with murder in connection to an incident where he allegedly ran down a man he witnessed breaking into his Jeep Cherokee SUV.
The incident occurred at about 6 a.m. when Johnson observed 47-year-old Donald Roberts breaking into his vehicle. He and his girlfriend confronted Roberts, which prompted Roberts to slash at the woman with a screwdriver. Roberts then jumped on his e-bike and fled.
Johnson and his girlfriend Renee Cassidy Puckett jumped into the SUV and chased Roberts down. They slammed into Roberts, pinning him against a row of parked cars. The SUV flipped upon impact and skidded to a halt.
Roberts was rushed to Wycoff Heights Medical Center, but he could not be saved.
Roberts had been released from prison just nine months prior to the incident. He has a lengthy criminal past, with 38 prior arrests. The most recent arrest was for breaking into a parked car on Flushing Avenue.
Johnson also has a lengthy rap sheet, totaling 42 arrests. His charges ranged from robbery and drug possession to trespassing and criminal possession of a weapon.