NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A teen driver accused in the 2013 hit-and-run death of 4-year-old Ariel Russo has been arrested again for allegedly dragging and injuring a police officer during a traffic stop over the weekend.
Franklin Reyes Jr., 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.
As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, Sofia Russo remained in a state of shock Wednesday after learning that the teen driver who allegedly killed her 4-year-old daughter, Ariel, in June of last year had been arrested yet again on accusations of driving without a license.
“I was in denial,” Sofia Russo said. “I didn’t want to believe that it was true.”
Around 6 p.m. Sunday, authorities said Reyes made an illegal left turn at 181st Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights, according to a criminal complaint.
When he was pulled over, NYPD Officer Edward O’Connell told Reyes to put the sport-utility vehicle he was driving into park, the complaint said. O’Connell then reached into a passenger side window to try to put the SUV into park, authorities said.