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Police are charging a Bath Beach man with reckless driving after he allegedly struck and killed a 61-year-old neighbor with his car at the corner of 21st and Cropsey avenues on March 16.

Officials identified the victim as 61-year-old Xia Li Yue of 21st Avenue.

The motorist, who lives three blocks from the victim on Bay Parkway, was driving north on 21st Avenue at 8:13 am, when he made a right on Cropsey Avenue and allegedly struck Yue, who was crossing Cropsey Avenue toward Bath Avenue, police said.

The victim was in a cross walk and had the right-of-way, law enforcement sources said.

The driver remained at the scene, where police arrested him and charged him with failure to exercise due care and violating highway law, police said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.

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Dave p from S bay says:
What gives here? 99 out of 100 times the driver yells "sorry, accident", and the police announce "no charges were filed", and another reckless driver returns to the road.
March 20, 2015, 1:57 pm

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