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Cops Finally Arrest Driver Who Killed Delivery Worker in Brooklyn Last Year

8:20 PM EST on February 24, 2019

Victim MD Rajon in a photo obtained by Channel 7 News.

Police have finally charged the hit-and-run driver they say ran killed a delivery cyclist in Brooklyn last year.

Late last week, cops said they had arrested Jonathan Cuesta, 32, of Clifton, N.J., and charged him with failure to yield to bicyclist MD Rajon and failure to exercise due care in the operation of his truck, which struck and killed Rajon in the early morning of Dec. 14 on Pitkin Avenue in East New York.

The charges carry a maximum punishment of mere days in prison.

It is unclear what took the NYPD so long in making its case. Cuesta was actually arrested the day after the crash, though police did not release his name because he was not charged at the time.

Rajon, 21, had been in the United States from his native Bangladesh only one month when he was killed making a food delivery. His death was classified by the NYPD as a motor vehicle fatality, not a bicycle fatality because he was riding an electric bike.

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