Christopher Hutchinson Killed in Brooklyn, Driver Charged With Manslaughter

A driver has been charged with manslaughter and homicide for killing a Brooklyn man who was sitting outside his own home.

Christopher Hutchinson. Photo: ##

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, 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.

  • High.  Reckless.  Unlicensed.  Nearly double the speed limit.  Senselessly killing an innocent bystander.  This murderer might have passed the threshold of what it takes to actually get punished in this city.

  • Anonymous

    🙁 My heart goes out to you christopher hutchinson.

  • Joe R.

    The sad part is if he were sober and licensed chances are good he would have been given a free pass.

  • Anonymous

    @yahoo-XLKICTERQBO6UGMK5PESYAZUHY:disqus According to that NYT article on speed cameras from a couple of weeks back, the maximum ticket you would get for going 60 mph or more in the city (that is, double or more the speed limit in most places) would only be $100. And of course there’d be no points on your license. That might hurt you.

    So I’d say that going the double the speed limit is considered well below the threshold of what it really takes to get punished in this city.

  • To the family of Mr. Hutchinson: I’m sorry for your loss. To the U.S. legal system: Your laws are ineffective at protecting the most vulnerable road users and by standards. If you accidentally hit someone with your car, it should be considered the cultural and legal equivalent of accidentally shooting someone with a gun.

  • P.O.’d in PLG

    It’s relevant to mention that this fatal accident occurred one block away from the intersection where Emma Blumstein was killed by a truck last month. Disappointingly, Mathieu Eugene never responded to my email message after that killing. I had requested that he request that DOT report to him about possible traffic engineering changes that would calm traffic and ensure safety on Bedford and the adjoining stretch of Empire Boulevard. (New cautionary signage, flashing-yellow left turn signals, and some curb extensions might help calm at least the daytime traffic mix of trucks, cars, and bikes.)

    I’m very sad to hear that Mr. Hutchinson died and hope that his family gets comfort. Anyone have suggestions for how to mobilize to spur action from DOT and CM Eugene?

  • P.O.’d in PLG

    Btw, the NY Post reported that the driver was heading west on Sterling Street. However, Sterling Street is one way heading east (and has speed bumps on that block).  Anyone know whether Mr. Bigord was driving in the proper direction?

  • Michelle Malcolm

    The said thing about this entire accident is that he took someone from us that had such a big heart was loved by all who came in his path, a smile that would cheer u when u were sad. He took a gem from us. I hope the law does Christopher Hutchinson justice.

    Shelly Malcolm

  • Right down the street from the precinct.

    BTW, if drugs are involved, it should be upgraded to second-degree murder, as happened in the Martin Heidgen case, where he got 18 years to life (an additional 18 months got tacked onto the minimum for doctoring evidence).

  • Digby Kate

    Also across street from where toddler was hit by speeding car last month…

  • Kd

    No. Driver was heading west. We saw the car thurs morning. Definitely headed west (on the sidewalk)

  • Anonymous

    I hate the fact that if drugs and alcohol are not involved, the charges will be dropped

  • Cherry

    What a good man, with a big Heart, to know Chris is to love him, he was like a young brother to me, very close, it will take time for friends and family to cope with this loss, he had so much going for him, soon to release album,too soon. Gone in the blink of an eye,
    He is gone but will not be forgotten, may his soul R.I.P. Bless My Brother and Dear

  • New Jersey

    The best man I have ever known, loving, caring, honest as the day is long. Words can never express whom he was and how he will be missed. Jah bless and keep you now and forever in His Loving arms.

  • Jamaicanforeva

    Rip big cuz, I know u smiling looking down on us!

  • Sasha wright

    omg it wicked jah know r.i.p chris i know u so long loving caring honest omg if i write this page cant hold always in my heart only jesus knows my pain

  • Krweee

    You will never be forgotten. I will love you always. The driver must pay for your death!

  • CMundell2

    Chris you were a good guy and you are always ready and willing to help.  You were a free spirit guy and you had so much to live for.  Well God knows it best and we will continue to listen and cherish the music you left with us.  “Luv you to the Max”..

  • Wifey

    Gone but not forgotten ‘still missing you Chris !


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