Brighton Beach man killed after being struck and dragged in road rage incident

Scene of the crime: As of Friday, the grisly scene of the crime was still cordoned off, and the van still parked on the corner of Third Avenue and 67th Street, where a man was dragged to his death after a road rage incident.
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A 55-year old man was taken into custody after he allegedly struck, dragged, and killed a 65-year-old Brighton Beach man with his car on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge on Thursday night after a verbal dispute, according to police.

The two men allegedly got into a car crash at 65th Street and Third Avenue shortly after 9 pm, police said. After the crash, the man who ended up as the victim, Gavriel Mardaknayevy, allegedly got out of his car — which his wife was driving — to confront the driver of the other car, allegedly walking in front of the man’s vehicle. At that point, the driver allegedly accelerated, allegedly striking Mardaknayeyy and dragging him two blocks to 67th Street.

Emergency medical personnel transported Mardaknayeyy to Lutheran Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Charges are pending against the 55-year-old man, who was taken into custody at the scene. The investigation remains ongoing, police said.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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