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Teen driver accused of killing Ariel Russo arrested for allegedly dragging officer

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- The teenage driver accused of fatally hitting a 4-year-old girl in New York City has been arrested for allegedly operating a car without a license and dragging a police officer, officials said.

Franklyn Reyes, 18, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday for his latest arrest, the second since he was charged with manslaughter in the June 2013 death of Ariel Russo.

An attorney for the girl’s family gave details about Reyes’ arrest and said his clients will hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon to address the new case.

Franklyn Reyes appears in court in July 2014 on charges he looted a dead woman's apartment. Over the Labor Day weekend, he was arrested on suspicion of dragging a police officer. (Photo: PIX11)

Franklyn Reyes appears in court in July 2014 on charges he looted a dead woman's apartment. Over the Labor Day weekend, he was arrested on suspicion of dragging a police officer. (Photo: PIX11)

Attorney Sanford Rubenstein argued that Reyes’ string of arrests after Russo’s death should disqualify him from leniency.

“Obviously, Franklyn Reyes should not be given the youthful offender treatment in the pending case against him for killing Ariel Russo,” Rubenstein said in a statement.

In July, Reyes was charged with petit larceny for his alleged role in the looting of a dead woman's apartment, charges which his father was also accused of, the Daily News reported.

Authorities said Reyes and his father swiped more than $2,000 worth of jewelry, cash and wine from the home of the woman who had recently died of brain cancer, according to the Daily News.

Last summer, Reyes was allegedly driving without a license and fleeing from police when he hit the little girl walking with her grandmother near West 97th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, prosecutors said.

Initially, the teen's lawyer argued that potholes and the NYPD were to blame for the deadly crash.

10 comments

    • Kris

      The mercy of our justice system let this scum out on bail while he continues to prove he’s a reckless, selfish piece of garbage. How would you rehabilitate him? He’s already been give enough freedom and chances to rehab himself. The only option is incarceration to protect society from him.

      • Taisha

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      We feel the same way you do! We’ve created a petition at bit.ly/Justice4Ariel to make sure that Reyes is tried as an adult rather than a juvenile. We are almost at our 2000 signature goal and would appreciate your support. Thank you!

  • mike

    The bottom line is that the Russo family deserves justice for their daughter, and this guy is a repeat offender. People like Franklin Reyes are a reason why our society is screwed up along with our judicial system.

    • Taisha

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