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Teen arrested in chain-reaction crash that killed cyclist

August 21, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a teenager who they say caused a chain-reaction crash in Brooklyn that killed a bicyclist has been arrested.

Mirza Baig was arrested Wednesday in connection with the Aug. 11 crash that killed 52-year-old cyclist Jose Alzorriz.

Police say the 18-year-old Baig was driving a Dodge Charger that struck a sport utility vehicle broadside. The SUV hit Alzorriz, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. The SUV driver and a pedestrian hit by debris suffered minor injuries.

Baig was arrested on charges including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault and reckless driving. It’s not clear if he has an attorney who can speak for him.

The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives says Alzorriz was the 19th bicyclist killed on New York City streets in 2019, compared to 10 in all of 2018.

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