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Teen driver who killed cyclist in Midwood released without charges: NYPD

Deadly scene: Police released the 18-year-old driver who smashed his white Dodge Charger into another car, which then fatally struck 52-year-old cyclist Jose Alzorriz at the intersection of Coney Island Avenue and Avenue L in Midwood on Aug. 11.
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Police released the teen driver who they claim killed a cyclist in Midwood on Sunday without charging him, according to authorities.

Officers from the 66th Precinct took the 18-year-old man into custody on Aug. 11 after investigators determined he sped through a red light and T-boned another car at the intersection of Coney Island Avenue and Avenue L at 12:30 p.m., causing the other vehicle to slam into 52-year-old Park Slope cyclist Jose Alzorriz, killing him, cops said.

Video footage posted online clearly shows the operator of a white Dodge Charger blowing past the red light and plowing into a blue Honda SUV at speeds that appear in excess of the blanket 25 miles per hour speed limit Mayor Bill de Blasio set for most city roadways in 2014.

Police have not issued any summonses related to the collision, according to NYPD spokeswoman Det. Denise Moroney, who would not say when the driver was released, or comment on the status of the investigation, except to say it remains ongoing.

The license plate number on the teen’s Dodge Charger is associated with two prior speeding tickets, in addition to four violations for driving with missing plates, and several parking tickets, all of which were issued in 2019, according to Twitter bot How’s My Driving.

Detectives have contacted District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s office and briefed his staff on the investigation, according to a police spokesman, who would not comment on the record regarding the potential for future charges.

If prosecutors were to seek a felony indictment against the teen driver, they would likely pursue either criminally negligent homicide, or the stiffer charge of second-degree manslaughter, according to a law enforcement source.

Gonzalez charged Dorothy Bruns — the Staten Island motorist who struck and killed two children after running a red light in Park Slope last year — with second-degree manslaughter after investigators discovered that a doctor had warned her not to drive for health reasons. Bruns’ case was set to go to trial this year, but the she ultimately chose to end her own life in November, when she was found dead beside a bottle of pills and a suicide note.

Police did not immediately charge Bruns following the March 2018 collision, and it wasn’t until May 2018 that she was arrested following a lengthy investigation.

On Monday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio — who said he saw a video of the incident and called it “horrible” — demanded the driver be charged, saying that the reckless behavior demonstrated in the footage warranted immediate action.

“He just blows right through a red light and you know, kills someone. Of course, there should be numerous charges right now,” de Blasio told Errol Louis on Inside City Hall. “I’m not a lawyer but I’d say it should be a serious, serious charge with many years in prison.”

Hizzoner went on to request state legislators harden the penalties for motorists who kill people from behind the wheel of a car.

“I think it is time to reassess our whole relationship with the automobile and say if you kill someone and you did something wrong as part of that, there should be a very, very serious penalty,” he said.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 1:22 pm, August 13, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Sonova cop!
Aug. 12, 3:36 pm
Dwayne from Bed Stuy says:
Secular laws do not apply to this driver, so the NYPD had no choice but to let him go. Perhaps his rabbi will reprimand him.
Aug. 12, 3:37 pm
Tyler from pps says:
So we have an 18 year old with more traffic violations than I've had in 25+ years of driving... he T-boned another vehicle at high speed, causing someone's *death* but we don't have any charges or even any summonses? I'm not certain felony manslaughter is warranted, but this man should never drive a motor vehicle again. And I'm sure there are other options on the spectrum between a murder sentence and going home with a pat on the back.
Aug. 12, 4:24 pm
Mark from Bedstuy says:
Dewayne- Really?!
Aug. 12, 4:25 pm
Reader from Brooklyn says:
Killing someone with your car is legal in New York. The NYPD and Mayor de Blasio like it that way.
Aug. 12, 4:53 pm
Boeingsandbikes from Park Slope says:
Absolutely disgusted with law enforcement (NYPD/DA) in cases like these, over and over and over. If this murderer had chosen a gun, would the headline be, "Killer Released Without Charges: NYPD"? Of course not! But oh, it was "only" a car so maybe our neighbor isn't as dead as if he had been shot? I'm outraged that PD/DAs don't treat these murders as crimes?
Aug. 12, 5:11 pm
sid from boerum hill says:
how about reckless driving?(m) How about manslaughter? F. reckless endangerment?F Failure to yield?violation failure to observe due care(m) F=Felony M=misdemeanor v=violation all possible. all convict-able. and its the DA not the PD that makes the decision..
Aug. 12, 8:11 pm
Bklyn guy from away says:
People don't realize that it is the Judges that let these people out over an over again the justice system in New York is one of the worst in the country ,you can just about do anything and not get jail tie ,there is no one watching the courts ........
Aug. 12, 8:14 pm
hate to hear from haters says:
It was an accident. Hope you haters are never the have cause of one where someone gets hurt. I suppose you'll want them to throw the book at you and you'll want to rot in jail.
Aug. 12, 9:32 pm
Dwayne from Bed Stuy says:
⬆️Check out the lock em up and throw away the key rabid authoritarian suddenly say murder is just an accident⬆️ Are your blind? Did you not see the video of the psychotic murderer commit his crime?
Aug. 12, 10:21 pm
BK from Bay Ridge says:
Who does this 18 year old know that he gets a free stay out of jail card? No charges?? The video clearly shows him flying through a red light and plowing into another vehicle which then ricochets into a cyclist killing him. Plus, a check of his license plate shows that this pea-brained teen has a history of ignoring traffic laws. His negligent parents should be ashamed of what they raised.
Aug. 12, 11:12 pm
Sid from Boerum hill says:
Not an accident a collision..big difference. This was at least a negligent act. Not hate unlesd ypur hate an asshat driver of any faith.
Aug. 13, 8:23 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
The fact there is no fair punishment for vehicular deaths caused by negligent or reckless driving is a real problem. What's the worst that can happen? A few years in prison, maybe, and then probation. Easy compared to the victim being dead.
Aug. 13, 10 am
Tyler from pps says:
This wasn't "an accident"
Aug. 13, 10:04 am
M. Pierce from Dumbo says:
Free to kill again!
Aug. 13, 11:14 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
biker on the sidewalk.... ??
Aug. 13, 1:05 pm
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
Ken, he ended up on the sidewalk after the car hit him. He was biking in the street and in fact was waiting for a green light. The car pushed him onto the side of the building.
Aug. 13, 1:10 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Cop's kid obviously. Civi rules don't apply.
Aug. 13, 8:25 pm
Bob from Brooklyn says:
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says: this blog was professional up till Henry was released from prison,
Aug. 14, 12:56 pm
Chris from Boerum Hill says:
Bikes have killed people, too. Lock up the biker and throw away the key? How about bringing bikes under control by licensing them like cars, making bikers have to pass a written test to get a license, and making them have to carry insurance and get their bikes inspected and registered? More bikers are getting killed because there are more bikers in NYC traffic. Many, if not most, are rude, aggressive and flout traffic regulations. They don't stop on red, ride on the sidewalk, menace pedestrians, even kill them.
Aug. 15, 4:24 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Chris -- What?! This "rude, aggressive" cyclist was literally STANDING at the intersection, foot on ground, waiting for the light to change. He was KILLED by a licensed driver speeding through an intersections against the signal.
Aug. 15, 5:56 pm
Peter Pyle from Prospect Heights says:
Bike Paths don't save lives, but safe Pedaling does. Obey the Rules and be careful. The life you save may be your own
Aug. 17, 10:53 am
Marion Francis from Olde Mill Basin says:
Lets all try to be civil out there.
Aug. 17, 10:56 am
Robin from Bay Ridge says:
That driver should be in custody right now, beginning what I would hope to be a lifetime in prison. The driver was speeding, ignoring the law. Ran a red light, willfully ignoring the law. Killed a cyclist who was simply waiting at the light, obeying the law. The driver of the van he hit is lucky to be alive. And the police and courts will apparently be doing nothing. This is why I only ride on the promenade, NEVER the streets. Where I live in Bay Ridge, there is talk of putting in Citibikes on Shore Road. A road which the 68th Precinct refused to enforce the law. Speeders, red light runners, illegal passers, all operate with impunity on Shore Road. Great idea to put a bunch of inexperienced cyclists on that every same road. Vision Zero will never succeed if the police continue to do nothing. I see police in cars hiding out on the promenade and pier in Bay Ridge, doing everything they can to avoid doing their jobs. The Mayor himself calls for justice and is ignored. What a world we live in.
Aug. 17, 11:18 am

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