A judge gave a teenager accused of striking and killing a 4-year-old with an SUV a third chance to accept or reject a plea deal.
The teenager accused of killing 4-year-old Ariel Russo, while attempting to evade police, reportedly tried to escape law enforcement again on Friday.
The criminal complaint alleges Reyes abandoned the car and tried to run from police. It also says he began kicking his arms and legs, resisting arrest.
Franklin Reyes, 18, was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving and unlicensed driving, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said.
Mother Of Teen Driver Who Allegedly Killed Ariel Russo, 4, While Fleeing Cops Begs For Mercy In Court
The emotional scene came after the judge increased bail for Franklin Reyes, 18, and set a trial date.
A judge will soon decide whether Franklin Reyes, 18, should get off with a lighter sentence.
The teen accused in a traffic accident that left a 4-year-old girl dead on the Upper West Side last year has now been accused of looting an apartment along with his father.
West 97th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway was renamed “Ariel Russo Place” on Monday.
Ariel Russo was walking with her grandmother Katia Gutierez on June 4 when authorities said the SUV of a teenage driver being chased by police jumped the curb on Amsterdam Avenue.
Franklin Reyes, 17, kept his head down during Tuesday’s 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.
Investigators say 17-year-old Franklin Reyes was behind the wheel of an SUV, fleeing from police when he struck and killed Ariel Russo on June 4th.
Katia Gutierez was wheeled out on a stretcher from St. Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday. The fact that she was going home was a sign of progress, but the emotional setback she will face is almost unbearable.
The family of Ariel Russo, killed earlier this month by a vehicle trying to outrun police, was in court to demand justice for their daughter as the teenager accused of killing her appeared at arraignment.
Ariel Russo’s family blames her death on a bungled 911 call saying it delayed getting an ambulance to the scene.
Services for the child were held Sunday evening at the Leo F. Kearns funeral home in Queens. A vigil was held for the little girl Saturday night in front of her apartment building.