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Cops charge SUV driver with murder for crazed crash that killed Brooklyn bicyclist breaking into cars

2019-09-03

SUV driver fatally strikes Brooklyn bicyclist suspected of breaking into his vehicle

An SUV driver who plowed into a bicyclist he had caught trying to break into cars in Brooklyn was charged with murder Tuesday.

Korey Johnson, 41, of Brooklyn, was slapped with murder and manslaughter charges for the horrific, caught-on-camera crash on Broadway near Ellery St. in Bushwick about 6 a.m. Monday.

The bicyclist, ex-con Donald Roberts, 47, died after the SUV crushed him against a row of parked cars, officials said. His bike was ripped to pieces.

Johnson first spotted Roberts fiddling with cars and stepped out of his black Jeep Grand Cherokee to question him because his SUV had been broken into earlier, police sources said. Roberts used a screwdriver to cut a woman Johnson was with and rolled off on his bike, sources said.

The driver of an SUV crashed while going after a man on a bicycle he believed tried to break into his vehicle.
The driver of an SUV crashed while going after a man on a bicycle he believed tried to break into his vehicle. (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)

An enraged Johnson allegedly hopped back into his SUV and sped after him, veering into the oncoming lane of traffic and slamming into the suspected thief, shocking video obtained by the Daily News shows.

The SUV flipped onto its side from the force of the impact.

Medics rushed Roberts to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, but he couldn’t be saved. He had an extensive criminal history with more than three dozen arrests, sources said.

Johnson’s arraignment was pending in Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday.