Driver Who Killed Cyclist Jake McDonaugh Pleads Not Guilty to Homicide

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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.

  • I just did a couple of days of jury duty and almost got picked for a civil traffic case, but the lawyers chose other jurors. It would be interesting to hear how the jury selection process goes. I bet it will have exactly zero commuting cyclists.

  • cathy howat

    The person who Mr. Oxley killed was my birthson Jake McDonough. How dare Mr Oxley stand before the court and plead not guilty when he clearly is. What was he doing on the road in the first place? He didnt even have a license!Check Mr Oxleys previous driving record. How can he live with himself knowing that he did this and not seem to show any remorse? My son was only 18 and in his first year of college. His adopted parents Dennis and Laraine McDonough have had their lives changed forever. Has Mr Oxley for one minute thought about what the mcDonoughs must be going through. What about my other children (Jakes brothers and sister)? What about Jakes other family and friends. None of us will ever be the same because of what Mr Oxley has done. Everybody has their judgement day before God and Mr Oxley will have his also.

  • cathy howat

    Where is the justice for Jake?


Brooklyn DA Brings Homicide Charge for Flatbush Cyclist Killer

The driver who killed a cyclist on Flatbush Avenue yesterday has been charged with criminally negligent homicide by the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. Image: NY1 The cyclist, 18-year-old Jake McDonaugh from Windsor Terrace, was riding east on Duryea Place, according to witnesses. When he entered the intersection at Flatbush Avenue, Michael Oxley, […]