BELLPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) –Â A Mastic Beach man was under arrested late Thursday afternoon on accusations of running over and killing two young men riding a dirt bike in North Bellport.
As CBS2âs Jennifer McLogan reported, the crash took place on Montauk Highway at Doane Street and forced the closure of the highway.READ MORE: At Least 2 Injured In Upper West Side Shooting
A fight over a stolen dirt bike led to the horror and tragedy around 10:15 a.m. The owner of the bike allegedly got into a minivan to chase the suspected thieves, possibly trying to take the law into his own hands.
Witnesses described the dirt bike trying to elude the pursuing minivan when they collided on Montauk Highway just west of the Bellport train station, following an intense cat-and-mouse play for several miles.
The chase led to death, and many unanswered questions.
âMy cousin and them took the dirt bikes, and the guy â they were fleeing on dirt bikes, so they went chasing them. They came past me doing like 100 miles an hour,â said Freddie Parker, âuntil the next thing you know, the dirt bike must have already tried to make a turn and the car hit them, and knocked their shoes off their feet.â
Parkerâs cousin, 20-year-old Anthony Holmes-Garriques, Â of North Bellport, was critically injured and died late Thursday night. His friend, 19-year-old Keenan King of Shirley, was pronounced dead at the scene.
King was a student at William Floyd High School.
âThey had to be going like 100 miles per hour. They bumped into them and knocked them off of the bike,â said witness Michael Smith. âAnd they was high, because I seen them from the window â they went flying that high.âREAD MORE: Teacher Stephanie Edmonds On Why She's Not Getting The COVID Vaccine, Despite Mandate: 'The Hardest Decision I've Ever Made'
Shaken families of both young men on the dirt bike were summoned to the scene.
âIt’s senseless, that’s what it is,â one woman said.
The driver of the minivan from Mastic Beach, Christopher Bouchard, was arrested. He was later charged with reckless endangerment.
âThere is some evidence that indicates the driver of the minivan after the crash attempted to put the dirt bike into the back of the minivan,â said Suffolk County police Commissioner Timothy Sini.
The victims were lying in the street as the suspect did so, police alleged.
McLogan asked Smith the motive was retaliation or revenge for the stolen dirt bike
âIt was on Facebook. They posted it on Facebook â (they said): âWe know where yâall at, and weâre coming to get you all,ââ Smith said.MORE NEWS: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Republican Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Face Off In Fiery Debate
Someone may have posted a photo of the stolen bike and offered a reward to anyone who spotted it. Charges against Bouchard, 27, were pending late Thursday afternoon.