A driver has been charged with manslaughter and homicide for killing a Brooklyn man who was sitting outside his own home.
Christopher Hutchinson was struck in Prospect Lefferts Gardens at around 3 a.m. Thursday, according to reports. Police say Jean Bigord, 53, was speeding in a 2006 Crown Victoria when he struck a parked car while attempting to pass another vehicle near Sterling Street and Bedford Avenue. Bigord then jumped a curb, hit a building and struck Hutchinson.
Hutchinson, 39, was a reggae singer who performed under the name Chris Iqon.
Bigord was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, aggravated unlicensed operation, reckless driving, driving while ability impaired, speeding and other violations, according to court records.
Charges are often added or dropped as a case progresses, but the DWAI count suggests that, at least at this point, alcohol or drugs are believed to have been a contributing factor in the crash. Charges related to taking the life of a New York City pedestrian or cyclist are rarely brought against a motorist unless alcohol or drugs are involved, or the driver was fleeing police.
This fatal crash occurred in the 71st Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Deputy Inspector John Lewis, the commanding officer, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The 71st Precinct council meetings happen at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at M.S. 61, 400 Empire Boulevard. Call the precinct at 718-735-0527 for information.
The City Council district where Christopher Hutchinson was killed is represented by Mathieu Eugene. To encourage Eugene to take action to improve street safety in his district and citywide, contact him at 212-788-7352, firstname.lastname@example.org or @MathieuEugene.
Update 7/9: As of Friday, Bigord was being held on a $100,000 bond, according to court records. His next scheduled court appearance is Tuesday.