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Teen Due In Court For Allegedly Causing Fire That Ultimately Led To Death Of Motorcyclist

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A teenager is expected in court Tuesday after authorities said he caused a chain of events that resulted in a man’s death.

Kevin Saunders, 17, was arrested for allegedly setting off illegal fireworks on Nostrand Avenue Monday afternoon, prompting several 911 calls. The explosions allegedly started a fire.

While responding to the scene, a FDNY fire truck struck 46-year old Reginald Brown, who was riding his motorcycle. Brown was taken to Woodhull Hospital where he died.

“He was really close to me so it’s just really sad,” said Brown’s friend Shanice Williams. “It makes me want to cry.”

Witnesses said a woman in a car stopped at the light, which was green at the time, to let the fire truck pass. But Brown went around her vehicle, according to witnesses. It’s unclear if the engine’s lights and sirens were on.

“It scares me because it could happen to anyone,” said Williams.

Brown worked for the Doe Fund, a non-profit group to help the homeless.

Monday night, members of a motorcycle group he belonged to held a vigil outside his home to say goodbye to a man described as hard-working and friendly.

Authorities said there won’t be any charges filed in relation to the crash, which investigators are so far calling an accident.

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