Bronx motorist who slammed into 16-year-old bicyclist, then cop car, showed up at January slaying scene of his younger brother with gun
A Bronx motorist who critically injured a 16-year-old bicyclist before crashing into a parked NYPD SUV was previously arrested ago for showing up armed with a gun after his younger brother was fatally shot.
Deshaun Grier, 21, was charged with the Tuesday hit-and-run crash on Webster Ave. near E. Gun Hill Road in Norwood. The crash occurred down the block from his home — and the spot where his brother Khalik Grier, 16, was gunned down Jan. 11.
Grier was driving a white Nissan south in the northbound lane on Webster Ave. when he crashed head-on into bicyclist Devin Smith about 9 p.m., cops said. Grier had veered into the northbound lane right before the crash, police sources said.
He then sped off, only to slam into the back of an unoccupied NYPD SUV parked further down Webster Ave., cops said.
Devin was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center with a broken right leg, punctured lung and a serious head injury, and remains in critical condition, his mother, Marisol Velez, 32, told The News Saturday.
“If they were draw his blood, he’s responsive, he’s responding to touch, but he still has a severe brain injury,” she said, adding, “They’re draining fluid from his head.”
“I haven’t left my sons side,” the distraught Velez said. “It’s hard to see your son like that and you can’t do nothing about it.”
According to Velez, those with her son have alleged Grier “had stopped, turned on his high beamers and floored it.”
“I have no idea, he doesn’t know my son,” Velez said, lamenting Grier “did not care when he hit my son, he kept it moving… he doesn’t care about anyone.”
The victim’s family is raising money online to cover his medical expenses.
EMS also took Grier, who suffered minor injuries, to Jacobi Medical Center. Police charged him with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, and he was ordered released without bail during his arraignment Thursday. Two passengers in the Nissan were taken in for questioning but not charged.
But Velez questioned why Grier was free at all.
“Justice would be that he serves time in jail,” she told The News, adding: “He intentionally hit my son, there’s no ifs ands or buts. My son flew 70 feet in the air. His bike split into two.”