A Bronx, N.Y., man filed a lawsuit against the NYPD Thursday, alleging an NYPD cruiser bumped his dirt bike from behind, causing serious injury.
Leonel Cuevas (pictured far right) was a passenger on the dirt bike as it rode through the South Bronx last October. Officers Sabrina Alicea and Walkiria Velez reportedly began chasing the bike. According to a witness who spoke with the New York Daily News, the cruiser deliberately hit the bike from behind, sending Cuevas into the air. The driver was killed by the impact.
The NYPD claimed the bike’s driver cut the officers off. However, lawyer Sanford Rubenstein backed the witness’s claims.
“The question has to be asked what really happened here?” Rubenstein said to CBS 2 last year. “Was the police car being operated recklessly? Was this a manslaughter?”
Cuevas’ family says he hasn’t been the same since the crash.