Brooklyn DA’s Office Reviewing Mathieu Lefevre Hit-and-Run

The office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes will conduct a review into the death of cyclist Mathieu Lefevre, according to the borough’s top prosecutor for vehicular crimes.

Craig Esswein, chief of the vehicular crimes bureau, told Streetsblog that reviewing deadly traffic crashes is standard procedure. “Any time there’s a fatality the NYPD does their investigation, and we do our own.”

Lefevre’s death at the hands of a hit-and-run truck driver in Williamsburg last October has made headlines, owing to revelations that NYPD withheld details of the crash from the victim’s family and failed to gather evidence at the scene. Asked about NYPD’s handling of the investigation, Esswein said, “We will be looking into the matter.”

Though no photos of the scene have been released to the Lefevre family — police reportedly didn’t take pictures due to a broken camera — Esswein says they do exist. He says those pictures will be examined along with video of the collision, which according to NYPD records shows that the truck driver dragged Lefevre and his bike for several yards as he made an unsignaled right-hand turn. “We’re going to review it all,” said Esswein.

In a statement issued this week, Mathieu’s mother Erika Lefevre revealed that NYPD has charged the driver, identified by police as Leonardo Degianni, for failure to signal and failure to exercise due care. To date, no charges have been issued for the victim’s death, or for leaving the scene of a fatal crash. “We urge the Kings County District Attorney’s Office to carefully review this case,” wrote Lefevre, “and bring appropriate charges.”

Lefevre’s family and friends have launched a letter-writing campaign to Hynes’ office asking for a careful review of the case. More information is available here.

  • Justice Please

    The NYPD may be totally unaccountable and non-responsive but Kings County D.A. Joe Hynes has to answer to voters. Let his office know that you care about this case.

  • Justice Please

    The NYPD may be totally unaccountable and non-responsive but Kings County D.A. Joe Hynes has to answer to voters. Let his office know that you care about this case.

  • dporpentine

    At least this is something. I’ll be writing them about this tonight.

  • Glenn

    Just based on this partial evidence – truck hit with left tire, while making a right turn – it’s probably not hard to piece this together. The truck had it’s signal on to make a right turn so the cyclist moved out of the far right side of the street to avoid the right hook. What then may have happened is the truck actually first moved left to have enough space to make the right turn. I see private garbage trucks and other large vehicles do this all the time. So the truck probably made a no-look move in the opposite direction he was signaling and then hit the cyclist

  • Anonymous

    @b0b5a0cf4ee09ff380fd46de4055393f:disqus , from what I’ve read elsewhere about the video of the crash, the driver of the truck did not use his turn signal.