The case of Mathieu Lefèvre, the Montreal-raised, Brooklyn-based artist who was killed by the driver of a truck in a hit-and-run at the corner of Morgan Avenue and Meserole Street last October, has not only sparked criticisms of the NYPD’s handling of their investigation, but also of the conspicuous rarity of charges leveled against drivers who kill cyclists. But all that might change as the office of Charles Hynes, Brooklyn District Attorney, prepares to review Lefèvre’s death.
“Any time there’s a fatality the NYPD does their investigation, and we do our own,” vehicular crimes bureau chief Craig Esswein told Streetsblog.
Among the evidence that Esswein’s office will be reviewing are photos from the scene that even Lefèvre’s family hasn’t seen, as well as video footage that shows the flatbed truck dragging the 30-year-old cyclist and his bike for several yards after the initial collision.
In a statement earlier this week Mathieu’s mother Erika (pictured at top) noted that the driver of the truck, Leonardo Degianni, has been charged for failing to signal and failing to exercise due care, but neither for the fatal collision, nor for leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Erika and other members of the Lefèvre family have launched a letter-writing campaign urging Hynes’s office to perform a diligent and careful review of the accident.
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