NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The teenager accused of mowing down 4-year-old Ariel Russo and her grandmother while fleeing police on the Upper West Side in June appeared in court on Tuesday.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, Franklin Reyes, 17, kept his head down during the court appearance.
The little girl’s father, Alan Russo, cried out “she was only 4, only 4,” while his wife Sophia sobbed at his side in the courtroom.
The prosecutor told the judge the only guilty plea the district attorney is willing to accept is to the top count of second degree manslaughter.
Reyes is charged with manslaughter and unlawful fleeing in a motor vehicle.
Russo’s grandmother was also severely injured in the crash.
“This is hard, this is every mother’s worst nightmare. It’s hard, it’s so hard, even though it’s September it’s been three months, it’s still hard,” she said.
Russo added she’s very grateful that the DA is pushing for a maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years for Reyes.
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