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Brooklyn man charged with murder in cyclist’s death

September 27, 2019 Noah Goldberg
Brooklyn Supreme Court. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese

A Brooklyn man was arraigned on murder charges for allegedly chasing down and running over a cyclist in Bushwick in September in a gruesome crash caught on surveillance video, prosecutors announced Friday.

The defendant — Korey Johnson — allegedly witnessed another man breaking into his 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Broadway Avenue near Ellery Street in Bushwick on Sept. 3 around 6:00 a.m. Johnson and the victim, Donald Roberts, got into a brief argument. Roberts swung a screwdriver and struck a woman, cutting her, according to cops. Roberts then biked off. Johnson got in his car and chased the victim down, prosecutors say, heading into oncoming traffic before running Roberts over and smashing into other cars.

“Rather than call the police when he allegedly saw a crime being committed, this defendant allegedly turned his car into a deadly weapon and needlessly took a life,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in a statement. “Lawless behavior cannot be tolerated, and we will now seek to hold this defendant accountable for his actions.”

Roberts was taken to Woodhull Hospital after the crash, where he died of blunt force trauma, according to prosecutors.

The incident was caught on surveillance video, which shows a car speeding down Broadway Avenue and hitting a cyclist, before smashing into two parked cars and flipping over.

Roberts was the 21st cyclist killed on city streets this year, and the 15th killed in Brooklyn alone.

Johnson is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree reckless endangerment. He was ordered held without bail by Supreme Court Justice Vincent del Giudice.

Johnson, who faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the top count, will next be in court on Dec. 6.

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