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

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.
Photo by Kevin Duggan

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.

Both the driver and the biker were heading eastbound down the wrong side of the thoroughfare, between Fayette and Ellery streets, when the former bashed the cyclist into a row of parked vehicles around 6 a.m., according to the authorities.
Photo by Kevin Duggan

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.

Cops arrested Brownsville resident Korey Johnson for allegedly killing Fort Greene cyclist Robert Donald with his car on Broadway in Bushwick after Johnson claimed to have caught Donald breaking into his car on Sept. 2.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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