Will Ken Thompson Charge Driver Who Killed Alejandro Moran-Marin?
— Meg Baker (@megbakertv) July 13, 2015
No charges have been filed against the driver who killed a cyclist and injured several other people in a multi-vehicle crash in Brooklyn last week, according to the office of District Attorney Ken Thompson.
Claudio Rodriguez was driving against traffic on Fourth Avenue when he hit Alejandro Moran-Marin head-on near Atlantic Avenue, according to reports. Moran-Marin died instantly.
Rodriguez hit two other vehicles, sending four people to the hospital. The crash scene stretched for blocks. Photos showed pieces of Moran-Marin’s bike protruding from the front wheel of the SUV Rodriguez was driving.
A witness told the Daily News he thought Rodriguez was trying leave the scene because he backed up after hitting the first vehicle, a Toyota sedan, before striking Moran-Marin. Published accounts said Rodriguez told police he had a seizure because he didn’t take his medication.
In 2009, sanitation truck driver Auvryn Scarlett was convicted of murder for killing two Manhattan pedestrians after failing to take medication for epilepsy.
We emailed Thompson’s office to ask about the status of the investigation, and whether NYPD or the DA had failed charges against Rodriguez. “This investigation is continuing,” a Thompson spokesperson replied.
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