One of two speeding hit-and-run drivers who killed a motorcyclist during a crash on a Manhattan highway earlier this month has been arrested, authorities said Thursday.
Cary Brown, 28, was charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for allegedly striking 42-year-old Joel E. Quintana and then taking off the night of Aug. 3 on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Harlem, police said.
Brown’s black Mercedes Benz was the second vehicle to ram into the motorcyclist, who was heading south on the parkway near West 145th Street around 11 p.m., according to cops.
First, a zooming BMW driver rear-ended him, throwing him into the center lane of the parkway — which is where he was allegedly hit by Brown, who was also whizzing by, in his Mercedes, authorities said.
Both drivers kept going after hitting Quintana, leaving the Inwood man on the roadway with severe head and body trauma, cops said.
The mortally injured motorcyclist was brought to Harlem Hospital, but could not be saved.
Cops found the empty Mercedes at an unspecified location after the incident, the NYPD said. And police executed a search warrant Thursday, leading to Brown’s arrest.
The BMW driver was still at large.
Brown, of Brooklyn, also faces charges for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, police said.
He has two prior busts, including one for assault, resisting arrest, aggravated unlicensed operation and harassment from July 18 in the Bronx, according to cops and online records.
Records show he was released on his own recognizance in that case, the details of which were not immediately known.
He was also arrested, alongside an accomplice, on March 15 in Queens for allegedly slashing another driver’s tires and banging on his car on the Jackie Robinson Parkway — and then following him to LaGuardia Airport, where the harassment allegedly continued, according to a criminal complaint.
Brown was also driving a Mercedes Benz at the time of this incident, the complaint states.
He was charged with criminal mischief, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment and was also released on his own recognizance in that case, records show.
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