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18-Year-Old Driver Charged in Wild Brooklyn Red Light Crash That Killed Bicyclist, Hurt Pedestrian

Police say he ran a red light and collided with an SUV; the SUV went spinning into the intersection, where it killed a bicyclist; a pedestrian was also hurt

What to Know

  • An 18-year-old driver faces a laundry list of charges, including manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, in a wild crash
  • He ran a red light and collided with an SUV on Coney Island Avenue; the SUV went spinning into the intersection, where it killed a bicyclist
  • A pedestrian suffered a leg injury when he was hit by debris; the SUV driver was not badly hurt in the Aug. 11 daytime crash

An 18-year-old driver has been arrested on a litany of charges -- from manslaughter to vehicular assault and criminal solicitation -- in a wild Brooklyn crash that killed a bicyclist and hurt a pedestrian earlier this month.

Mirza Baig, of Queens, is also accused of criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, assault and traffic infractions in the Aug. 11 daytime crash on Coney Island Avenue, police said Wednesday.

Baig was driving a 2019 Dodge Charger when he ran a red light and collided with a Honda SUV, sending the SUV spinning through the street and into the cyclist, 52-year-old Jose Alzorriz. Alzorriz, of Brooklyn, suffered trauma to his head and body and was pronounced dead at NYC Health and Hospital/Coney Island. Debris from the crash hit a 52-year-old pedestrian, who suffered a leg injury. 

The SUV driver wasn't badly hurt. Attorney information for Baig wasn't immediately clear. 

Witness Simon Gifter said he saw the cyclist crushed by a blue SUV.

"I heard this massive boom," said Gifter, who had just parked his car nearby when the vehicles crashed. "It was awful, such an awful scene."

Alzorriz was the 19th bicyclist killed while biking in New York City so far this year, according to the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. 

"This horrific crash should serve as a reminder of the enormous responsibility that comes with driving a multi-ton motorized vehicle in New York City,” Senior Director of Advocacy Thomas DeVito said at the time. 

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