SUV kills boy, hits 3 others in N.Y.

NEW YORK — The driver of a sport utility vehicle was charged Sunday in the death of a 9-year-old boy who was killed Saturday afternoon when the SUV hit three cars and jumped the curb in Brooklyn, police said.

Anthony Byrd, 59, of Brooklyn was charged with criminally negligent homicide, assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and other counts. The police said Byrd had remained at the scene and did not appear to have been impaired.


On Sunday police identified the boy as Lucian Merryweather of Brooklyn. Three other pedestrians were also struck: two women — 28 and 48 — and a 5-year-old boy. The younger woman and the boy had minor injuries, police said.

Police said the SUV, a 2000 Ford Expedition, was traveling on DeKalb Avenue when the driver tried to make a left turn onto Clermont Avenue.

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As he was turning, the driver hit a parked Ford Taurus while trying to avoid two pedestrians, police said. The SUV jumped the curb, striking a building and a parked Cadillac Escalade. The vehicle accelerated the wrong way on DeKalb, sideswiped a Chrysler Pacifica, struck the 28-year-old woman, jumped the curb, and hit three other pedestrians, including Lucian.

New York Times

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