Driver Charged in Brooklyn Crash That Killed 9-Year-Old Boy, Injured 2: Police

Anthony Byrd faces a number of charges, including criminally negligent homicide

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A 59-year-old Brooklyn man is facing a slew of charges after police say he crashed into three cars, drove the wrong way down a street, hopped a curb and struck several pedestrians, killing a 9-year-old boy and injuring two others.

According to police, Anthony Byrd was driving on Dekalb Avenue Saturday when in the course of making a turn onto Clermont Avenue, he struck a parked car, trying to avoid two pedestrians in the crosswalk. Byrd then allegedly drove onto the sidewalk, hitting a building and another parked car, before driving the wrong way down Dekalb Avenue and sideswiping a third car.

Byrd then struck a 28-year-old woman at a crosswalk, drove up onto a sidewalk and hit a 9-year-old boy, a 5-year-old boy and a 48-year-old woman, police said.

The 9-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. The 5-year-old boy and the 28-year-old woman were taken to a hospital with injuries. The 48-year-old woman was not injured, police said.

Byrd was arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide, assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, reckless driving, driving wrong direction on one way street, failure to yield right of way and drive motor vehicle on sidewalk.

Information on an attorney for Byrd was not immediately available.

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