Update: Cops charge man with murder in Labor Day cyclist slay

A motorist mowed down and killed a cyclist — whom he alleged tried to break into his car earlier — on Broadway on the morning of Sept. 2.
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Police charged a Brownsville man with murder for allegedly running down a cyclist he claims looted his car in Bushwick on Monday, Sept. 2.

Defendant Korey Johnson, 41, mowed down 47-year-old Fort Greene resident Robert Donald with his Jeep Grand Cherokee following a chase on Broadway near Fayette Street at 6 a.m., according to a police spokesman.

Johnson claims he confronted the victim after spotting the man burglarizing his SUV parked on Marcus Garvey Boulevard near Ellery Street at 6 a.m., but their argument turned bloody when the alleged thief stabbed a second witness in the arm with a screwdriver, according to authorities.

The burglar tried to flee on his bicycle, but the suspect gave chase in his car, pursuing the victim east along the westbound lane of Broadway, where he struck the cyclist, pinning him to a row of parked cars and flipping his Jeep in the process, cops said.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene, where they discovered the biker dead with severe head wounds, the spokesman said.

Officers held the driver in custody at the 83rd Precinct, before booking him on charges of murder and manslaughter Tuesday, according to the authorities.

The biker is the 15th to be killed by a motorist in Brooklyn this year and the 20th to die citywide, compared to 10 biker fatalities in the Five Boroughs during all of 2018.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 12:13 pm, September 4, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

ty from pps says:
he should have worn a helmet
Sept. 2, 7:17 pm
Frank from Furter says:
wait until he gets the bill from the other cars. Unless he was pointing the fake gun at him, he is in a lot of trouble...not that I don't understand the impulse. Just as no one deserves to die from selling loosies, no one should die from stealing a stereo. maybe locked up for life listening to Donald Trump or Bill Deblasio speeches but not to die.
Sept. 3, 8:18 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Typical self entitled driver. Handing out a death sentence for petty theft. Life in prison for this murderer!
Sept. 3, 8:34 am
AlmadeCubano from the slope says:
Too bad the driver of the SUV didn't die too. He's not going to have fun in jail with his lack of acumen.
Sept. 3, 8:41 am
Leif says:
Intentionally killing someone, thief or not, is murder.
Sept. 3, 8:55 am
Frank from Furter says:
charged with Murder... and there is more to the story..
Sept. 3, 8:56 am
Anger says:
Anger not intent was motivating this mishap. Had the driver caught the cyclist crook/stabber less the death, he would have been a hero. While this unfortunately this went wrong for the driver, emotion was the driving force, not intent. We can't put people in jail for pursuing criminals. I feel bad for the driver and what he'll have to go through when it started as him and another innocent person being the victims. Hope no one tries to make a poster boy out of the guy when it's NYC's loss of criminal control under the Mayor Bla-bla admin that's underlying all this anger and extreme reactivity.
Sept. 3, 9:15 am
Mess with the bull, you get the horns from Brooklyn Heights says:
This was the result of the cyclists wrong doing, and when you play with fire sometimes you get burnt, or even killed in this case.
Sept. 3, 9:23 am
Bernie Goetz from D train says:
Wow even I’m impressed!
Sept. 3, 9:31 am
Roger says:
Not too smart destroying your precious vehicle that you thought someone was breaking into.
Sept. 3, 10:25 am
Biff says:
This was not a cyclist, but rather a thief on a bike. Yes there is a difference.
Sept. 3, 10:33 am
Deidre Levy from Midwood says:
According to witnesses the cyclist was not the one breaking into cars. The driver is being charged because he made a terrible mistake.
Sept. 3, 10:36 am
Tyler from pps says:
All of the news are reporting this as part of the cyclists killed by motorist stats. Umm, no. This was cold-blooded murder. He chased the man down and ran him over with his car.
Sept. 3, 10:38 am
Local from Here says:
The driver should rot in jail forever.
Sept. 3, 10:47 am
Fiddle Faddle from Flatlands says:
Alleged? A word only used here by biksters. Only in BP. The pedal pushers best friend
Sept. 3, 10:59 am
Local from Here says:
No dummy, "alleged" is used because there hasn't been a conviction yet. Journalism 101, stupid.
Sept. 3, 11:02 am
Tooney from Staten Island says:
And the hipster doesn’t get charged with reckless bicycling?!? The system is skewed against regular people!
Sept. 3, 11:45 am
Billy from Sunset Park says:
Far be it from me to advocate fibbing to New York's finest, but if he had said that he was in hot pursuit of the thief, then lost control of his car when he cornered the crook, he would have likely been charged with nothing more the reckless endangerment, while receiving a silent wink from everyone in criminal justice. Honesty may be good for the soul, but not so much otherwise.
Sept. 3, 11:51 am
Local from Here says:
The driver should rot in jail forever. Tooney from Staten Island should rot in a loony bin forever.
Sept. 3, 1:17 pm
Local from Here says:
The driver should rot in jail forever.
Sept. 3, 1:55 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
This has got to be the dumbest thing I have heard. If that cyclist was really the burglar, then everything that happened after what he did was his fault, not someone else's. Next, I will hear that if I was stop someone who wanted to rob or murder me by knocking them out cold that thwarted them from doing so, they have the right to press assault charges on me even though they were the attackers. Unfortunately, when you throw the first hit, you're not the victim. Of course, I know that Transportation Alternative will be defending that burglar as will so many bike zealots over on Streetsblog, which shows what their true colors really are.
Sept. 3, 2:23 pm
Brooklyn says:
I guess in Pleasantville, petty theft = death penalty.
Sept. 3, 3:38 pm
NakedHiker from Downtown Brooklyn says:
It's hard to tell what is true here and what is a lie. Let's not rush to judgment against the guy on the bicycle. Perhaps he was a thief, perhaps not. But in any case the reaction of the guy in the car was murder because he got angry. Not acceptable.
Sept. 4, 9:41 am
Ken from Brooklyn says:
most of the bikers are careless people!! never follow rules and regulations,
Sept. 4, 10:01 am
Anger says:
Of course the story can take on a different shape as evidence presents, but as told, the perp should always be seen as the perp, and the victim as the victim. Whenever the victim defends himself and doesn't allow the perp to pray upon the innocent, he's the hero, even if it turns out badly.
Sept. 4, 12:19 pm
Bill from Clinton Hill says:
Ken from Brooklyn has a valuable point of view.
Sept. 4, 1:11 pm
Leonard Williams from Cyprus Gardens says:
This is obviously a hate crime, because more and more, pedal pushers are being hated by the people of the city and boro. They push and force their way into every crook and cranny they can squeeze and push their spandex bodies into. And when we citizens complain, they open up the the dirtiest mouths this side of the NYT$. The Silent majority will be silent no more.
Sept. 4, 2:03 pm
Brother Theodore from Bay Ridge says:
Ken From Brooklyn is 100% right
Sept. 4, 2:04 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Umm, Mr. Anger, someone who chases another person down the street and runs them down with their car is the "perp."
Sept. 5, 1:51 pm
Fed Up in Flatbush from Flatbush says:
I see that Brooklyn Paper will print any unsubstantiated attack from Tal Barzillai of Pleasantville NY comparing Transportation Alternatives or Streetsblog to Hamas, or bloodthirsty wishes for cyclists. They also tend to delete any that calls his sanity, reason and extreme prejudices into question. Tal, is the publisher your indulgent uncle? As an experiment, I want to see how long this post lasts.
Sept. 6, 1:13 pm

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