FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

 

Driver Who Fatally Struck Brooklyn Man in Hit and Run
Arraigned on Indictment Charging Him with Criminally Negligent Homicide

Defendant Allegedly Struck the Victim with Rolls Royce and Fled the Scene

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that a man has been arraigned on an indictment charging him with criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting and other charges in connection with the death of a man in Greenpoint last May.

District Attorney Gonzalez said, “Matthew Jensen was a beloved teacher at P.S.110 who is sorely missed by his students, co-workers, friends and family. We will now seek to bring this defendant to justice for his alleged actions, which left a community heartbroken.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Tariq Witherspoon, 30, of Bushwick. He was arraigned today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on an indictment in which he is charged with criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and excessive speed. He was ordered held on bail of $75,000 bond or $15,000 cash and to return to court on April 27, 2022.

The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on May 18, 2021, at approximately 12:45 a.m., as Matthew Jensen, 58, was crossing at the intersection of McGuiness Boulevard and Bayard Street he was struck by the defendant, who was driving a Rolls Royce. The defendant then allegedly fled the scene.

The victim was a teacher at P.S. 110 in Greenpoint.

The defendant was arrested today following a lengthy and thorough investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher Velez, of the District Attorney’s Grey Zone Trial Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Jacob Uriel and Jennifer Nocella, Deputy Chiefs of the District Attorney’s Street Safety Bureau.

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An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.