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SUV Driver Kills Cyclist He Suspected Of Breaking Into His Car [UPDATED]

2:40 PM EDT on September 2, 2019

The aftermath of Monday’s crash in Bushwick, in which a driver ran over a cyclist and then flipped his Jeep. Photo by ElJayGee3

[UPDATE 9:50am Tuesday]: Police have charged Korey Johnson, the driver of the Jeep, with murder and manslaughter. The original story is below.

An alleged burglar on bicycle is dead and an SUV driver is likely facing charges after a deadly confrontation in Bushwick this morning, police said — the 21st cyclist fatality this year.

Police said the 41-year-old driver of a black Jeep Cherokee saw a man apparently trying to break into his car at the corner of Ellery Street and Marcus Garvey Boulevard at 6 a.m.

The driver confronted the 47-year-old man, who he said turned and stabbed him with a screwdriver before fleeing down Marcus Garvey Boulevard on a bicycle, the police said.

Police said the driver then gave chase to the man, slamming the cyclist into a row of parked cars, killing him. The cyclist is the 21st such death in the city this year, versus 10 in all of 2018.

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