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.
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.