NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man accused in a hit-and-run that killed a 12-year-old girl and injured her mother and sister was slapped with multiple charges late Thursday.
As CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported, police said Robert Decarlo, 26, was picked up by sharp-eyed detectives around 1 p.m. Thursday.
Decarlo was charged late Thursday with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and in injury, grand larceny, reckless endangerment and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He was also ticketed on citations of speeding and running a red light.
Decarlo did not answer reporters’ questions as detectives escorted him out of the 62nd Precinct station house in Bath Beach on Thursday night on the way to his arraignment, CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported.
The suspect made an initial court appearance for an arraignment late Thursday and was being held without bail. He is due back in court Wednesday of next week.
Meanwhile Thursday, a makeshift memorial was growing at the site on Flatlands Avenue where police said the girl named Joey Sellers, 12, was killed.
Joey had just gotten off the bus from camp and was standing with her mother, 38-year-old Marcia Landis, and her 9-year-old sister, Charlie, when a Dodge Caravan lost control just past Schenectady Avenue. police said.
Renee Hayes, just 12 years old herself, said she saw everything.
“I just heard the big screech and the bang, and it was just very, very scary,” she said.
“Those are kids my age, and that could’ve been me walking down the sidewalk,” Hayes added.
A picture taken at the scene shows neighbors and bystanders rushing over to pull the vehicle off the victims.
“There was one (person) actually under it, and we lifted it up,” said witness Shamar Brooks.
“These little kids were innocent kids just standing at the bus stop and it’s just so sad,” said witness Akealiah Nathan.