Michael Oxley, the driver who killed 18-year-old cyclist Jake McDonaugh on Flatbush Avenue in April, pled not guilty to five charges — including criminally negligent homicide — at his arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court yesterday. He is currently out on bail, which the judge set at $75,000. The next court date is set for July 15.
The decision by the office of Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes to bring such a serious charge against Oxley is rare. New York prosecutors seldom bring criminally negligent homicide charges in traffic fatality cases unless the motorist was driving drunk or left the scene. Witnesses state that Oxley was speeding and running a red light when he hit McDonaugh. Oxley was also driving with a suspended license.